Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson seem like on board with new San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier’s path.
“Logan’s actually excited,” Grier reported two weeks in the past, after Sharks stalwart Brent Burns was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes. “He mentioned he cannot wait to get going [is] trying ahead to the season. We’re joyful that now we have him again, main our group.”
He added: “Erik and I talked for about 20 minutes the opposite day, we had a very good dialog. I believe he is motivated, he is feeling good.
However, it wasn’t as clear if Tomas Hertl and Timo Meier had been on board.
“I gotta examine in with Tomas, the time distinction and all the things, it has been arduous to pay money for him,” Grier mentioned then. “Him and Timo.”
It appeared like Grier, on the time, was taking stock of his stars, similar to Burns, partly to gauge their want to be part of his San Jose Sharks.
Burns Is Gone — Are Couture, Karlsson, Hertl, or Meier Next?
It appears like Hertl and Meier delivered some excellent news to Grier.
“The general feeling was that they are all excited in regards to the change and all trying ahead to coming again and on the brink of work,” the brand new GM shared right this moment.
That mentioned, everyone’s undefeated within the low season. We’ll see if the Sharks’ veteran quartet remains to be singing a joyful tune if the workforce will get off to a tough begin underneath new head coach David Quinn.
But it seems, not like Joe Thornton within the 2020 low season and Burns this previous low season, that Couture, Karlsson, Hertl, and Meier will quest once more to carry the San Jose Sharks again to glory.
Of course, Hertl is signed for eight extra years, by 2029-30. Karlsson and Couture are signed for 5 extra years, by 2026-27. Even in the event that they needed to go away, it would not be simple for the Sharks to go away with them.
Timo Meier, in fact, is a special story.
The 25-year-old, coming off an All-Star look, is an RFA after this coming season. If he repeats or improves on his 35-goal marketing campaign, he shall be in line for a Matthew Tkachuk-like extension…or presumably, a Tkachuk-like return in commerce.
Last week, the Calgary Flames despatched pending RFA Tkachuk in a sign-and-trade deal, together with a 2025 fourth-round choose, to the Florida Panthers – the Panthers ponied up eight years and $76 million to Tkachuk – for Jonathan Huberdeau, MacKenzie Weegar, Cole Schwindt, and a 2025 first-round choose.
Will Sharks See Tkachuk As Model for Meier Contract…or Trade?
The Sharks’ course right here could be determined by Meier, who hasn’t precisely dedicated to staying in San Jose.
“I have never thought an excessive amount of about it [being in San Jose long-term]. I’m not a man who appears too far forward. Try to remain within the second,” the star winger mentioned in his latest exit interview. “But yeah, going to be enthusiastic about it this summer time, taking a look at stuff and all that, reflecting on the season.”
Meier Doesn’t Want to Talk Next Contract, Just Wants To Win
Now I do not wish to make a giant deal about this. Meier, in my expertise with him, is not the form of participant to deviate from the script a lot when chatting with the media. And there’s nothing improper with that. But not like the heart-on-his-sleeve Hertl, who mentioned final summer time and repeated many occasions this previous yr that he needed to stick with the Sharks, it will not be as simple to inform what’s on Meier’s thoughts in the case of staying in San Jose after this season.
And it looks like Grier is not so positive both.
“Timo is an effective participant,” Grier mentioned. “We hope he needs to be right here, and till I hear in any other case, I’ll assume that is the place he needs to be.”
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