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Logan Couture trade rumors vehemently denied by Sharks GM Mike Grier – NBC Sports Bay Area and California

Logan Couture trade rumors vehemently denied by Sharks GM Mike Grier – NBC Sports Bay Area and California

Logan Couture trade rumors vehemently denied by Sharks GM Mike Grier – NBC Sports Bay Area and California

Don’t count on San Jose trading Logan Couture anytime soon, Sharks fans.

During Monday’s introductory press conference for new Sharks coach Ryan Warsofsky, general manager Mike Grier dismissed any thought that the team is trading the veteran center.

“One more thing I want to put to bed for you guys in the media is that there are things that I want to trade Logan Couture or something like that — that’s absolutely false,” Grier told reporters. “If you look at us bringing young players in here and having a young squad, he’s exactly the type of person you want to have around your youngsters.

“He’s our captain, he’s our leader (and) he’s had a tough year, but we love him as a person, most importantly, and he’s still a hockey player, so you guys can put any of those thoughts on me. let’s change captains (at bedtime).”

Couture did not play much in the 2023-24 NHL season due to a lower-body injury. He returned to the Sharks lineup in late January, but another setback forced him off the ice for the remainder of San Jose’s campaign. Couture is signed to the Sharks through the 2026-27 season after inking an eight-year, $64 million deal in 2018.

A report by David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period recently surfaced in which the NHL insider stated that the Sharks could look to move Couture, who is expected to resume skating in July.

“If he’s healthy enough, I think the San Jose Sharks will have some trade discussions with other teams regarding their captain Logan Couture,” Pagnotta reported (h/t NHL Trade Rumors ). “There were other teams last season — Buffalo (Sabres), Nashville (Predators), Ottawa (Senators) that inquired about him. I think he’ll be revived in the offseason once they get healthy for the season following”.

Despite the report, Grier made it clear that Couture isn’t going anywhere. With Will Smith set to join the Sharks next season and the presumed no. 1 at general Macklin Celebrini prepares for life with San Jose, Grier wants his veteran leaders like Couture on his team to help steer the ship as the rebuild continues.

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