Doug Wilson's departure as general manager of the San Jose Sharks leaves questions over who becomes his successor. While the search is on for Wilson's replacement, the roster could also see some off-season changes.
Cap Friendly indicates the Sharks have $70.2 million committed to 15 active players for 2022-23. Their cap space could shrink further depending on the outcome of Evander Kane's grievance hearing following this season over his January contract termination.
Alexander Barabanov is their only noteworthy unrestricted free agent. He's playing well alongside second-line center Tomas Hertl. The 27-year-old winger is completing a one-year, $1-million contract and should be an affordable re-signing.
The Mercury News' Curtis Pashelka believes the Sharks will have to shed a salary or two in order to re-sign Barabanov. That's because defenseman Mario Ferraro and recently-acquired goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen are restricted free agents in line for raises on their next contracts. The Sharks must also ensure sufficient cap space next summer to re-sign winger Timo Meier.
With Kahkonen in the fold, Pashelka doesn't see the Sharks carrying three goaltenders next season. He felt they could trim $2 million by trading James Reimer or Adin Hill. The Athletic's Corey Masisak felt the 32-year-old Reimer would have the most trade value while the 25-year-old Hill's value would be affected by his injury history.
Masisak wondered if the Sharks would trade Reimer as he was their best goaltender this season. However, he didn't dismiss the possibility if a team were to offer up a solid middle-six winger.
Pashelka also suggested the Sharks consider shopping winger Kevin Labanc ($4.725-million cap hit) or defenseman Radim Simek ($2.25 million). Both are signed through 2023-24 but Simek's lower cap hit could prove easier to move.