Notes on sharks: Meier, Couture, Hill, Karlsson
Recently, The Athletic’s Corey Masisak had the chance to sit down with numerous San Jose Sharks players to work out the final details of their status before another offseason without a playoff spot for the Sharks. Speaking to Masisak, striker Time Meier said he hadn’t thought about a contract extension yet, but it was something he would think about over the summer (link). For now, says Meier, his main focus is the upcoming world championships, where he will represent Switzerland. The Sharks star has one more year left on a four-year, $24 million deal, which will leave him as an RFA ahead of the 2023 offseason.
Meier signed his final contract after a stellar campaign of 30 goals, 36 assists and 78 games in 2018-19, the last of his entry-level contract. After that, Meier failed to reach the same level of production until this year when the striker registered 35 goals and 41 assists in 77 games. With the rebound, Meier could not only expect to receive a similar AAV on his next contract, but could even get a raise. If he chooses to suspend an extension and can continue production until next season, he would surely be entitled to a significant raise. A notable question ahead of those negotiations will be whether Meier chooses to pursue a bridging deal that will take him directly to UFA status, or whether he would prefer a long-term extension at or near the eight-year maximum.
- Before Logan Couture says he does not plan to play at the world championships to rest (link). Moreover, the captain of the Sharks said that he does not welcome any offer to play elsewhere and that he did not make this request himself, and that in fact, he would prefer to finish his career with the Sharks. While his team has fallen on hard times and entered a mini-rebuild, Couture’s career could seem to mirror that of his state rival Dustin Brown, who enjoyed great success with the Kings early in his career, then underwent a rebuild with the Kings and has now announced his retirement after this season, but not before seeing his team through their first playoff series since 2017-18. Couture, who just turned 33, has had a long history with San Jose and may very well prefer to go all the way with the organization, hoping to lead the team to a Stanley Cup down the road. Regardless, Couture is signed for $8 million per season through 2026-27 with a modified no-trade clause.
- Goalie Hill of Adinwho has suffered injuries this season, does not expect to need surgery for his persistent lower body injury (link). Instead, Hill said, the plan is to rest and rehabilitate the injury to resolve it, and he expects to be ready for training camp. The goaltender was initially injured in a Jan. 22 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, but returned on March 12, where he appeared to aggravate the injury, and hasn’t played since. Hill, however, had a solid season when he was healthy, posting a .906 save percentage and a 2.66 goals-against average in 25 games.
- Defender Erik Karlsson declined to share exactly what was the injury that kept him out of training the last two weeks of the season, but made it clear that the injury was relatively minor and mentioned that if the Sharks had been in contention , it could even have been something he would play through (link). The veteran has struggled with injuries this season, missing almost two months between January and March and last playing on April 14. In other positive injury news, Karlsson said he’s not sure if he’ll be competing at the World Championships, but the fact that he’s looking at it in some way also shows the relative extent of the problem. wound. In 50 games this season, the 31-year-old has registered 10 goals and 25 assists.