June 26, 2018 | 2:34pm ET
SHARKS GOING “ALL-IN” THIS SUMMER
John Tavares, centre
The San Jose Sharks planned on being very active when the summer rolled-around and they’ve made good on their promise.
According to a source close to the organization, the Sharks are “all-in” this summer and plan on adding another top-six forward to the roster when all is said and done.
The Sharks, as TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta first confirmed on Saturday at the NHL Draft, are among the teams meeting with pending unrestricted free agent centre John Tavares.
The Sharks are sending a group to meet with Tavares and his agents today in Beverly Hills, and pending Tavares’ decision, which will likely be made this weekend, that’ll determine San Jose’s next steps.
TFP has also confirmed the team has already engaged in contract negotiations with stars Joe Thornton, a pending UFA, and Logan Couture, who has one-year left on his contract. Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who also has one-year remaining on his current deal, is also expected to have contract talks get underway shortly, if they’ve not already started.
Thornton is expected to sign a one-year deal worth around $4 million, while Couture could see his next deal hit the maximum eight-years allowed under the current CBA.
As for Tavares, if the Sharks fail to lure him to Northern California, Sharks GM Doug Wilson will go back to exploring the trade market.
The Sharks were reportedly close to acquiring Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty over the weekend, despite denials from the Habs. While TFP later confirmed today a deal was actually not close, the two sides could revisit talks if the Sharks do not land Tavares.
Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jeff Skinner and New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello could also be targets for Wilson to pursue, along with pending UFAs James van Riemsdyk and James Neal.