Latest on the Sharks and Red Wings – August 29, 2016
Patrick Marleau’s future with the San Jose Sharks and lingering questions about the Detroit Red Wings.
NBC SPORTS: Joey Alfieri reports it’s no secret long-time San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau was the subject of trade rumors. Last fall, he submitted a list of three clubs he considered acceptable trade destinations. Ultimately, the Sharks retained him, but Alfieri notes Marleau’s time in San Jose could be coming to a close soon. He’s entering the final season of his three-year contract and his production has declined. He’ll either have to accept a significant pay cut after this season or enjoy a big rebound in his performance to stay.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I also wouldn’t rule out the possibility that he’s moved by the Feb. 28 trade deadline. Of course, that will depend upon his performance, where the Sharks are in the standings by that point, if he’s willing to expand his trade destinations beyond the Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers and if there’s even a decent market for his services by then.
NBC SPORTS: Mike Halford recently noted the Detroit Red Wings enter this season with questions about their defense corps and goaltending. Those issues will put pressure under general manager Ken Holland to address them. He’s invested nearly $10 million in goalie Petr Mrazek and Jimmy Howard, but has seemingly flip-flopped on moving the latter. Holland’s also hopes to acquire a top-three defenseman. He was reportedly in talks with the Anaheim Ducks over Cam Fowler earlier this summer, but the asking price could be very expensive.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Howard’s inconsistency and contract ($5.291 million cap hit through 2018-19, modified no-trade clause) makes him very difficult to move. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s still with the Wings when the season is over. Howard seems a likely candidate to be left exposed in next June’s NHL expansion draft, though there’s no guarantee the Las Vegas franchise will select him.
As for Fowler, the Ducks could be waiting until they get Hampus Lindholm under contract before deciding if they’ll shop Fowler or another blueliner. The Ducks need a scoring left wing, which is why Tomas Tatar is frequently mentioned as a trade candidate if the Wings seriously pursue a Fowler deal.