Curtis Pashelka of The Mercury News: San Jose Sharks ahead Tomas Hertl shall be an unrestricted free agent subsequent offseason if an extension isn’t signed first. It may very well be his final probability to signal a giant, long-term deal.
Hertl mentioned on Friday that profitable on a constant foundation is one in every of his greatest priorities. Is that one thing that may occur in San Jose?
“(Joe Thornton) was one of many guys, he might take far more cash however he takes much less as a result of he needs a extremely good staff,” Hertl mentioned. “I like that concept. You’ll be able to go some other place, signal the utmost, possibly even an excessive amount of, however you’re shedding for the following eight years. I don’t wish to be on this place.”
Can the Sharks even slot in his wage? They’ve 14 gamers underneath contract for subsequent season at $64.1 million. They’ve 5 gamers of their 30s locked up for an additional three seasons after this 12 months.
“After the tip of the season, once I talked with Doug, he likes my recreation, he needs me to remain right here longer,” Hertl mentioned. “Even my agent mentioned he needs me to remain. So I really feel like he likes me and he needs me to remain right here.
“However we’ll see, finish of the day for him, it’s enterprise. He has to make the very best determination for his staff.”
Jon Lane of NHL.com: The San Jose Sharks have missed the playoffs the previous two seasons, and if they’re out of the playoff race once more on the commerce deadline, the Sharks might have a look at shifting Tomas Hertl.
Sharks GM Doug Wilson on the pending free agent.
“I’ve had a number of conversations together with his agent. And when you’ve got conversations with brokers, they’re all the time saved in confidence. Tomas is aware of how we really feel about him, I’ll go away it at that. I’ve talked to his agent a number of instances. Tomas and I are going to speak on this subsequent short time and will probably be saved in confidence between the 2 of us. However I believe everyone is aware of how we really feel about him.”
Hertl on his contract scenario.
“On the finish of the day for , it’s enterprise. He has to make the very best determination for his staff. We’ll see in a few weeks and after we speak to him through the 12 months. Proper now, I’m probably not fascinated by it or wanting ahead or calling my agent hey I wish to know in a month or one thing. I wish to simply play hockey and assist the staff, and this stuff we’ll determine.”