The San Jose Sharks will look at rental players
With the San Jose Sharks in a clear win-now mode, Wilson acknowledged that he’s more inclined to add an impact player before the Feb. 25 trade deadline if his team needs an extra push down the stretch.
A few names that should be available at the trade deadline are pending-unrestricted free agents Wayne Simmonds, Ryan Dzingel and Matt Duchene.
The one issue facing the Sharks is their lack of assets to make a trade for a top-6 forward. The Sharks gave up their 2019 first-round pick in the Evander Kane trade last winter and their 2020 first-round pick and 2019 second-round pick in the Erik Karlsson deal.
Where could Wayne Simmonds be traded to?
NBC: Bob McKenzie was on the NBC TV broadcast and was asked what he thinks the Philadelphia Flyers will do with Wayne Simmonds.
McKenzie stated, “I think it’s probably more likely than not that Wayne Simmonds gets traded, but it’s not an absolutely slam dunk and the door is still open for Philadelphia to try and sign him,” said McKenzie. “Listen, things have not gone well for the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s an absolute disaster, is what it is, versus what they thought they were going to be this year.
“What they do know is there’s going to be tons of interest. Teams are calling Chuck Fletcher, the general manager of the Flyers right now, and saying, ‘What do you want to do with Simmonds.’
“Right now the teams are being told, ‘We’ll get back to you. We haven’t made a final decision on that just yet.’
Simmonds is in the final season of a six-year, $23.85 million contract, which carries a cap hit of $3.975 million and also contains a modified no-trade clause, through which he can nix 12 locales.
It is believed the Tampa Bay Lightning, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs have the most interest in Simmonds.