Snapshots: Hertl, Allen, Byron

The San Jose Sharks’ unexpected rise back to relevance this season has answered many questions, however Tomas Hertl the situation still hangs over the head of the team. On TSN’s Insider Trading program todayPierre LeBrun says he expects the Sharks to “circle back” with Hertl and give him an extension offer. The pending unlimited free agent has 31 points in 37 games this season. The team’s only 20-goal scorer so far is in the final year of a $ 22.5 million four-year contract. However, in the event that Hertl does not agree to an extension before the trade deadline, LeBrun notes that the trade front is still an option. Hertl has an amended no-trade clause that allows him to submit a list of three teams to which he will accept a trade. LeBrun believes the New York Rangers would be an opportunity, a team that would obviously be keenly interested in some extra depth.

Some other notes, this time from Montreal:

  • After leaving last night’s loss to Boston, the Canadiens’ goalkeeper Jake Allen will be out of line for at least a week, for coach Dominique Ducharme. It has been a really tough season for Allen, who has been sidelined with injuries and COVID, who has limited him to 24 games. He is Montreal’s undisputed starter, still posting a save percentage over 0.900 on the worst team in the league. The team has a compressed schedule in the near future, which means Allen may miss three or four games before he is ready to dress again.
  • Montreal, however, may soon get a name back from an injury as a striker Paul Byron, who has not played all year due to offseason hip surgery, could be cleared from the COVID protocol over the weekend and could join the team on the road. Byron had six points in 22 games last year during Montreal’s playoffs. He is one of the major voices in the space of the Habs, and the presence of his leadership will be much appreciated in this tough season.

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