A look at possible moves by the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs in your NHL rumor mill.
POSSIBLE SHARKS TRADE CANDIDATES
CSN BAY AREA: With the San Jose Sharks adding Mikkel Boedker and David Schlemko via free agency, they’re now close to the salary-cap ceiling. Kevin Kurz recently suggested one or more current members of the roster could be moved before training camp. Forwards Tommy Wingels, Matt Nieto, Patrick Marleau and defensemen Brenden Dillon and Mirco Mueller could become trade candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wingels, Nieto and Mueller could be the likely trade candidates. Marleau still has a year left on his contract with a $6.66 million annual cap hit and a full no-movement clause. If he gets traded next season, my guess is it’ll be at the trade deadline when most of his salary has been paid out.
Dillon has four seasons on his contract at an annual cap hit of $3.275 million. His struggles during the 2016 Stanley Cup Final could hurt his trade value.
WHAT NEXT FOR THE MAPLE LEAFS?
TORONTO SUN: Noting how the Maple Leafs were able to shed over $23 million in supposedly untradeable contracts (Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf, David Clarkson and Jonathan Bernier), Steve Simmons wonders how they’ll make forward Joffrey Lupul’s $5.25 million annual salary-cap hit disappear.
If Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello doesn’t trade for a backup goalie to replace the now-departed Bernier, Simmons notes Joni Ortio, Anders Lindback and Jhonas Enroth are still available.