July 2, 2018 | 12:48am ET



Doug Wilson, GM


The San Jose Sharks, upon learning that they were out of the running in the John Tavares sweepstakes, appear to have shifted their focus elsewhere and could be concentrating on the trade market.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson has been exploring the trade scene for the last few weeks, having been linked to showing interest in Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin, Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty and Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner, among others.

A source close to the team told TFP prior to the NHL Draft that San Jose’s mandate was to add a top-six forward this off-season.

The Sharks currently have just over $18.8 million in salary cap space, having them plenty of room to re-sign unrestricted free agent Joe Thornton, which they are expected to do this week, and restricted free agent forwards Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney, and still add to their roster.

Thornton, who turned 39 today, is believed to be close to signing a one-year contract worth around $4 million. He earned $8 million with the Sharks last season.

It’s believed the Sharks have entertained the idea of moving Hertl, though such a trade would result in a significant player coming back to San Jose.