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    Hurricanes' Martin Necas Would Be Perfect For The Sharks

    By Max Miller,

    2024-05-19

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    Carolina Hurricanes forward Martin Necas could be the subject of trade rumors this offseason, and if he is traded, the San Jose Sharks could be a good fit.

    At 25 years old, Necas has played 362 regular season games and 59 playoff games. His career high in points is 71 (28 goals, 43 assists). The speedy winger can also play center in a pinch.

    Along with Seth Jarvis, the Hurricanes have a few key restricted and unrestricted free agents on which to make decisions.

    Necas has been the subject of trade rumors, but nothing has come close. There have been reports that he is frustrated with his role in the Hurricanes squad and might want a change of scenery.

    "Necas, I have believed for some time that one just probably won't work out there," Elliotte Friedman said on the 32 Thoughts podcast. "I just don't think that they (the Hurricanes) are going to do what Necas wants to do."

    Friedman suspects that the Hurricanes have put a higher value on Jarvis and "have to get something done there."

    So if Necas is subject to being traded, the San Jose Sharks have the assets to acquire him. The question will remain: What is Martin Necas' trade value, and is GM Mike Grier willing to dip into his prospect pool and draft capital to acquire him?

    The Sharks have two first-round picks in the 2024 and 2025 NHL Drafts. While it is hard to see the Sharks moving either of their first-round picks, they could leverage one they acquired via trade. If they can acquire Necas, signing him to a contract extension would be next. If the salary cap ends up being the projected $87.5 million next season, the Sharks will have just over $38 million in space.

    Necas is an electrifying player who can generate scoring chances just off his ability to skate the puck into the zone, something the Sharks struggled mightily with all season.

    The Sharks prospect pool will grow at/during the 2024 draft, and while trading a player of Will Smith's caliber for Necas would be a mistake, there might be a deal without losing a top-tier prospect.

    At 25, Necas still projects some development in his game, which can be found playing top minutes, something he would get if he were on the Sharks.

    Make sure you bookmark THN's San Jose Sharks site for the latest news, exclusive interviews, breakdowns, and so much more.

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