Sharks may be looking to deal Dan Boyle and Martin Havlat
Sources around the NHL tell ESPN.com that Wilson has listened on several of his players. And he’s never been shy to act, one of the league’s more active traders over the past decade.
Boyle, 36, could possibly be on the move either before April 3 or this summer as part of that roster tweaking. He’s a name I’ve heard from other teams. He’s got one more season left on his deal that pays him $6.66 million.
He’d be a valuable addition to a contender, that’s for sure. And while I’m not sure people still consider the New York Rangers contenders or not, he’s that top-four, right-handed D-man the Blueshirts could sure use.
Martin Havlat is another name being bandied about. He’s never quite fit in with San Jose despite being exactly what the Sharks needed when they got him — more speed on the wings. The 31-year-old has two more years on his contract (at $5 million per) past this season. Again, he doesn’t necessarily have to be moved now — it can wait for the offseason. He also has a full no-move clause in his deal, so it would be up to him if he went anywhere.
But two players the Sharks must decide on before April 3 are Ryane Clowe and Douglas Murray — two warriors of the Sharks’ contending teams of the past decade, but both also on expiring contracts and UFA-eligible after the season. The Sharks have talked contract with Clowe’s representative, but there hasn’t been a deal and the clock is ticking. He might fetch a decent sum even as a rental player, given how rare power forwards of his skill set are ever available. And although he’s had a disappointing season, he’d be a big-time playoff ingredient to add for a contender.