Meier trade speculation swirls after Sharks star misses practice


Don’t pack Sharks forward Timo Meier’s bags yet.

The NHL trade deadline darling caused a kerfuffle Sunday afternoon when he missed practice. A Sharks spokesman was quick to say that Meier was on the premises.

“Timo retired,” David Quinn joked when he approached us for his post-practice media availability, before giving us an actual status update on his pending restricted free agent.

“It was an upper-body [injury],” Quinn reported. “We’ll see for [the game] tomorrow. Literally last second right before practice.”

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In Meier’s place, the Sharks used defensemen Radim Simek and Nick Cicek on a line with Tomas Hertl and Nick Bonino, speaking to the last-minute nature of whatever the star winger is dealing with.


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