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Sharks GM dismisses ‘fake’ Logan Couture trade rumors

Sharks GM dismisses ‘fake’ Logan Couture trade rumors

Sharks GM dismisses ‘fake’ Logan Couture trade rumors

Logan Couture trade rumors have been circulating for the past few weeks. Reports have indicated that the San Jose Sharks may be looking to move on from their veteran captain. It’s certainly understandable why they would look to move him. Couture is a great player, but as general manager Mike Grier works through a rebuild, he can bring more value in a trade.

However, it doesn’t appear at this point that Couture is leaving the Sharks. Grier spoke to the media on Monday to introduce his franchise’s new head coach. And he addressed what he says are “false” trade rumors surrounding his captain.

“There are things I want to change Logan Couture or something. It’s absolutely false,” Grier said, via NHL.com. “If you look at us, we’re bringing in young players and we’ve got a young squad, he’s exactly the type of person you want around your youngsters. He is our captain, he is our leader. He’s had a tough year, but most importantly we love him as a person and he’s still a hockey player.”

Logan Couture had a rough 2023-24 season

San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) controls the puck in the third period at the Honda Center.
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At the start of the year, the Sharks knew they would be without Couture for a while. He suffered a lower-body injury during practices and offseason workouts. As a result, he missed the first 45 games of the year. When the 35-year-old forward returned, San Jose’s season was already over.

But Couture still laced up her skates and took to the ice. Unfortunately, it didn’t make much of an impact. He scored no goals and only one assist in the six games he played. 11 days after his return, Couture re-aggravated his previous injury. The Sharks captain did not play the rest of the 2023-24 season as San Jose finished last in the NHL.

It was an unfortunate and somewhat abrupt turn for Couture. He’s been pretty healthy the last two seasons. In fact, he missed a total of four games between the 2022-23 and 2023-24 campaigns. And all four games came in 2022-23. Now they are certainly looking forward to getting back on track in 2024-25.

Veteran captain commits to Sharks

One thing Logan Couture is sure about is where he wants to play. Last year was absolutely rough. Both for him and for the Sharks. However, the 35-year-old is not yet ready to go to another team. He made his desire to stay in San Jose known during the team’s exit interviews in April.

“I love San Jose. I believe in what they’re doing here,” the Sharks captain said, via NHL.com. “Obviously, a terrible, terrible season, but I think this is rock bottom. I think they’re growing this organization properly, even though you might not see it right now with how tough the season has been. It’s tough. The loss (stinks). … I have been fortunate to be here through many, many great years. … I hope we can get back there, I hope to be around this team when we get back to that point.”

Couture certainly had great seasons with the Sharks. The 35-year-old has spent his entire career with the Southern California franchise up until this point. He is the fourth-leading scorer in franchise history and the team’s leading scorer among active NHL players. He also ranks fifth in assists and third in goals among Sharks skaters. In 2016, he helped the team make their first Stanley Cup Final, although it was a losing effort.

Couture has seen a lot of ups and downs in his career. But as things stand, he has no desire to leave San Jose. And it looks like Mike Grier doesn’t want to send his veteran captain out of town.