It looks like Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson are on board with the new San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier direction.
“Logan is really excited,” Greer said two weeks ago, after shark champion Brent Burns received the Carolina Hurricanes. He said he couldn’t wait to go and [is] Waiting for the season. We are delighted to have him back to lead our group.”
He added, “Eric and I talked for 20 minutes a few days ago, and we had a really good conversation. I think he’s excited, he’s excited.
However, it was not clear if Thomas Hertle and Timo Meyer were on the plane.
“I have to check Thomas, the time difference and everything, it was hard to get,” Greer said at the time. “He and Timo.”
It seemed as though Greer, at the time, was taking stock of his stars, like Burns, in part to gauge their desire to be a part of the San Jose Sharks.
Hertl and Meier seemed to have passed on some good news to Grier.
“The overall feeling was that they were all excited about the change and all looking forward to getting back and ready for work,” the new GM said today.
However, not everyone was defeated in the off-season. We’ll see if the veteran shark quartet still sings an upbeat tune if the team gets off to a rough start under new coach David Quinn.
But it appears, unlike Joe Thornton in the off-season in 2020 and Burns in the off-season last, that Couture, Carlson, Hertle and Meyer will once again strive to return the San Jose Sharks to glory.
Of course, Hertl is signed for another eight years, until 2029-30. Carlson and Couture are signed for another five years, until 2026-27. Even if they wanted to leave, it would not be easy for the sharks to part with them.
Timo Meyer, of course, is a different story.
The 25-year-old, who has featured in an All-Star, is RFA after next season. If he repeats or improves on his 35-goal campaign, he’ll be in line for an extension similar to Matthew Tkachuk…or perhaps, a return like Tkachuk in the trade.
Last week, Calgary Flames sent RFA Tkachuk suspended in a signing and trading deal, along with a 2025 fourth-round pick, to the Florida Panthers – the Panthers who paid eight years and $76 million to Tkachuk – to Jonathan Huberdeau, Mackenzie Wiegard and Cole Schwindt and Select The first round of 2025.
The shark course here may have been set by Meyer, who wasn’t exactly committed to staying in San Jose.
“I didn’t think much about it [being in San Jose long-term]. I’m not a guy who seems very distant. “Try to stay in the moment,” the star winger said in his recent exit interview. “But yeah, I’ll think about it this summer, looking at things and all that, and reflecting on the season.”
Now I don’t want to make too much about it. In my experience with him, Meyer isn’t the type to deviate from text that much when talking to the media. There is nothing wrong with that. But unlike Hertel who said last summer and repeated several times in the past year that he wanted to stay with the sharks, it may not be easy to tell what Meyer has in mind when it comes to staying home. San Jose after this season.
And Jarir appears not to be sure either.
“Timo is a good player,” said Greer. “Hopefully he’s here, and until I hear otherwise, I’m going to assume that’s where he wants to be.”
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