Report: Sharks may be interested in Nash

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Report: Sharks may be interested in Nash

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash is on the market and the San Jose Sharks are believed to be one of his suitors, according to a report in Wednesday mornings Columbus Dispatch.

Its been widely reported that Nash has given the Blue Jackets a short list of teams he would be willing to accept a trade to, but that list is not known. According to the Dispatch:

Nash said he would not stand in the way of a trade if management thought it would improve the Blue Jackets. He supplied the club with a list of teams no more than 10, a source said to which he would approve a trade.Im a Blue Jacket right now, Nash said yesterday as the team prepared to play host to the St. Louis Blues in Nationwide Arena. Ive played my whole career here, and its a special place to me. So, as of right now, Im a Blue Jacket.Among the clubs believed to be interested are the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, San Jose, Toronto and Montreal.

Of course, acquiring Nash would not be easy. The Sharks would likely have to part ways with a combination top prospects and draft picks, as well as clear space for his salary on the current roster and for years to come. Nash is signed through the 2017-18 season at a 7.8 million salary cap hit.

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Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have no trade clauses for the duration of their contracts through the end of the 2013-14 season, while Dan Boyle has one until June 30, 2012, at which time he can pick eight teams he would not accept a trade to, according to Capgeek.com. Michal Handzus has a no movement clause in his two-year contract he signed last summer.

Nash played with Thornton, Marleau and Boyle on the 2010 Canadian Olympic team that won gold in Vancouver, as well as with Thornton in 2004-05 during the NHL's lockout year in Switzerland.

Nash, 27, was the first pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft and has spent his entire career with the Blue Jackets. The five-time All-Star, who tied for the league lead in goals in 2003-04 with 41, has 277 goals and 250 assists for 527 points in 649 games over eight-plus seasons.

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

Sharks, Robinson parting ways after five seasons

After five seasons with the Sharks, Larry Robinson is leaving the organization.

Robinson, 65, spent the last three seasons as the club's director of player development. He served as an associate coach from 2012-14.

TSN in Montreal and the Montreal Gazette originally reported the news. The Sharks confirmed to NBC Sports California that Robinson's contract will be expiring.

According to the Gazette

Robinson’s contract with the Sharks expires on July 1, but agent Donnie Cape said Thursday that San Jose general manager Doug Wilson has given him permission to speak with other teams. Robinson lives in Bradenton, Fla., and the long travel distance to San Jose is one of big the reasons he’s looking for a new team to work for.

Robinson seemed to ponder retirement in 2014, but signed a three-year extension to remain in the Sharks' front office. He worked mostly from his home in Florida the past two seasons, making occasional trips to San Jose, including during training camp.

In the summer of 2015, Robinson underwent surgery for skin cancer.

Recognized as one of the best defensemen in NHL history, Robinson won six Stanley Cup championships with the Montreal Canadiens as a player, and holds the NHL record for playing 20 straight seasons in the playoffs. A 10-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner, Robinson was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1995.

Robinson was the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 1995-99, and the New Jersey Devils from 1999-2002 and again in 2005-06. He led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2000. Robinson has nine Stanley Cup rings as a player and coach.

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The Sharks did not renew the contract of pro scout Jason Rowe, who had been with the organization for the past nine seasons. Rowe focused on eastern NHL and AHL teams.

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

The Sharks officially announced the signing of defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract on Tuesday, as well as Swedish forward Filip Sandberg to a two-year contract.

Simek’s deal was reported on Monday and confirmed by NBC Sports California. The contract is valued at $925,000 for the 2017-18 season, a source confirmed. The 24-year-old defenseman spent the past five seasons in the Czech league, posting 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating last season. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHL website.

In 211 career games in the Czech league, he posted 91 points (37g, 54a) and a plus-51 rating.

"Radim is a quick transition defenseman who drives the play offensively and plays with a physical edge," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We like his offensive instincts especially on special teams and think his game will translate well in North America."

Sandberg, 22, has 71 points (25g, 46a) in 204 career games in the Swedish league. Last season, he posted 25 points (8g, 17a) and a plus-17 rating in 52 games.

Sandberg is set to make $742,500 in 2017-18 and $792,500 in 2018-19, a source confirmed.

The five-foot-nine, 180-pound Stockholm native also competed in the World Jr. Championships in 2013 and 2014, helping Sweden win silver both years.

"Filip is a very creative player who sees the ice well and can create offense in limited space," Wilson said. "He plays a high-pressure, puck-pursuit game and his battle level is something we have been impressed with, especially against older players. We are excited for him to join our organization."

The contracts for Simek and Forsberg are two-way deals, allowing them to play for the AHL Barracuda next season.