Paul Martin’s third season with the Sharks hasn’t quite been the charm. He left the second game of the season with an ankle injury, and spent much of the year on injured reserve. In his absence, Tim Heed and Joakim Ryan established themselves as regulars along the San Jose blueline, and have seemingly forced Martin out of the lineup. The 36-year-old has not played in an NHL game since Dec. 7, and is now reportedly on the verge of being traded. The Sharks are now “trying to find him another spot in the NHL,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported. A trade could come quickly. Defenseman Dylan DeMelo is ready to be activated from injured reserve, and San Jose will need to make a corresponding roster move. Timo Meier, Joakim Ryan, and Marcus Sorensen can be sent down to the minor leagues without being exposed to waivers, but the Sharks would risk losing any other player to a waiver claim.
Report: Sharks trying to trade veteran defenseman
NBC Sports Bay Area | Jan 14