COULD THE SHARKS SHOP FOR A GOALTENDER?

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  • If the team is still hovering around .500 and Martin Jones’ numbers are still below average at Christmas, does the team make a move in net?
  • It might be complicated for the Sharks to make a trade for a goalie just because their top priority right now has to be finding a scoring winger or two, particularly on the right side.
  • After the Erik Karlsson trade, the Sharks don’t have a ton of assets to dangle in a potential deal, including, of course, their 2020 first-round pick, which is property of the Senators.
  • It might be unrealistic for them to acquire a true impact winger as well as more depth at the goalie position.
  • Still, there are a few goaltenders who are pending unrestricted free agents that might at least pique the Sharks’ interest at some point, particularly if Aaron Dell can’t find his consistency.
  • Both Corey Crawford and Robin Lehner are pending UFAs in Chicago, as are Detroit’s Jimmy Howard, Ottawa’s Craig Anderson, Philadelphia’s Brian Elliott and Anaheim’s Ryan Miller.
  • If some of those teams fall out of the playoff race, and the Sharks hang around, perhaps they express some interest and find a way to get creative in acquiring one as insurance.
Sources & Credits: Kevin Kurz, The Athletic
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