The Sharks could bring back Patrick Marleau after all, reports Pierre Lebrun:
Elliotte Friedman reported more than a month ago that the Sharks were not currently a fit.
Lebrun reports there are a couple other teams involved as well.
Joe Thornton has re-signed with the Sharks for the 2019-20 season.
Thornton, 40, had 16 goals and 35 assists in 73 games with the Sharks last season.
Elliotte Friedman reports that Patrick Marleau will pursue NHL options outside of the Sharks, as there currently is not a fit with his former team.
It is believed Marleau would prefer a team in the area of the Sharks for family reasons. The Kings were a rumored destination in June, perhaps that will pick up again.
Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area discusses the possibility of the Sharks attempting to acquire Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
During a recent press conference, Sharks owner Hasso Plattner stated the team could not buy the Stanley Cup, and mentioned Malkin as someone they couldn’t just go out and spend to acquire. These comments along with Malkin’s supposed unhappiness in Pittsburgh have fueled trade speculation.
Most likely there is very little validity to the speculation, but Malkin’s name may remain linked to the Sharks considering both Pittsburgh and San Jose are in need of changes and the Sharks are one of the few teams in the league that could accommodate the Russian superstar’s hefty contract .
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Mike Babcock is the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal is reportedly worth an astounding $50 million over eight years.
Babcock’s future was in limbo since Detroit was eliminated during the first round of the playoffs, and had been linked to the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres.
According to the Detroit Free-Press, the Red Wings offered Babcock a four-year, $13 million contract, which would have made Babcock the NHL’s highest paid coach.
Tyler Kennedy has been traded to the Islanders, reports Pierre Lebrun.
Darren Dreger reports that the Islanders gave up a conditional 3rd round pick.
Elliotte Friedman reports Ben Smith is going to the Sharks.
Smith is signed through 2015-16 at a cap hit of $1.5 million.
Mark Spector reports the Sharks have traded Andrew Desjardins back to the Hawks.
Image from Tom Gromak via Wikimedia Commons
From January 6th edition of TSN’s Insider Trading:
Darren Dreger says there’s a chance that Mike Babcock becomes the next coach of the Leafs, but says it’s mostly wishful thinking. He says Babcock isn’t looking for another project, which the Leafs would be. He also suggests that Babcock feels a responsibility to move the coaching pay scale forward, and wonders if the Leafs would be willing to pay a coach upwards of $4 million annually. Pierre Lebrun doesn’t think that the big movement from Mike Babcock or Ken Holland and ownership in contract negotiations will happen until later in the year.
A graphic lists Ken Holland, Claude Julien, Todd McLellan, Peter DeBoer, Paul MacLean, Dan Bylsma, Peter Horacek, Steve Spott, and Kevin Dineen as potential coaching candidates. Pierre Lebrun says Julien and McLellan might be on short leashes in Boston and San Jose respectively, and are potentially on Toronto’s shortlist.
Dreger says the Leafs are “open for business”, and may re-visit interest in Dion Phaneuf from a Western Conference team this past summer. He also suggests the Leafs will listen on Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner, and even Phil Kessel.