The New Jersey Villains obtained star forward Timo Meier from the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night in a confounded arrangement that incorporates a blend of players, prospects, and draft picks going two different ways.
Meier will be a limited free specialist this offseason, with a $10 million qualifying offer this late spring. As per a source, the exchange to New Jersey does exclude an expansion, as the Demons intend to utilize Meier’s present moment and afterward investigate the chance of a drawn-out bargain later.
Alongside Meier, the Fiends added left-wing Timur Ibragimov, defensemen Scott Harrington and Santeri Hatakka, goaltender Zachary Emond as well as a fifth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft.
The Sharks got New Jersey’s first-round pick in the current year’s draft, which is restrictive, defensemen Shakir Mukhamadullin and Nikita Okhotiuk, forward Andreas Johnsson and Fabian Zetterlund, and second-and seventh-round choices in the following year’s draft, however the previous is likewise contingent. Furthermore, San Jose will likewise hold half of Meier’s ongoing compensation as a component of the arrangement.
Mukhamadullin was one of New Jersey’s three first-round picks in the 2020 draft, joining Dawson Mercer, who is standard at the NHL level for the Demons, and Alexander Holtz, who is viewed as the group’s best hostile possibility.
Meier has 31 objectives and 52 focus on a modifying club that was playing out the string. He was held out of San Jose’s training by mentor David Quinn on Feb. 19 in light of a chest area injury and has not played since.
The Demons, who have made the end-of-the-season games only once starting around 2012 and went through a reconstruction lately, are a year early, head supervisor Tom Fitzgerald told ESPN last month. With 83 places in 59 games, the Demons entered Sunday as runner-up in the Metropolitan Division, following the Carolina Tropical storms.
As per sources, the Tropical storms and Vegas Brilliant Knights were the finalists in the discussions for Meier. Those groups were not allowed to talk with Meier’s representative, Claude Lemieux, about an expected expansion, a source told.
Procuring a rental player is against Fitzgerald’s commonplace way of thinking of building his groups over the late spring, however with the choice of consenting to Meier’s passing proposition, the Villains have control of his status through next season, and during that time, they might have the option to get a drawn out bargain.
Meier was one of the greatest names that anyone could hope to find in front of the Walk 3 exchange cutoff time as a result of his age (26) and that previously mentioned group control San Jose could offer to expected admirers.
“Everybody is conversing with San Jose about Timo Meier,” one opponent Eastern Meeting front office chief said during the Elite player break. “Everybody is observing it.”
The Elite player forward was the No. 9 general pick in the 2015 NHL draft. In seven seasons with the Sharks, he beat 20 objectives multiple times and 30 objectives multiple times.
A local of St. Gallen, Switzerland, Meier gives a blend of size and speed; his 6-foot-1, 220-pound outline is in many cases tracked down before the net, yet he likewise can pick corners from the faceoff spots and can be a top-of-the-line accomplice to a world-class puck-moving focus.
Sharks head supervisor Mike Grier is looking toward what was in store however was unfaltering the entire season in his thought that a Meier arrangement could hold on until the offseason on the off chance that the right in-season bundle didn’t emerge.
In New Jersey, Meier will join two previous partners in Group Switzerland in the 2022 Big showdowns: skipper Nico Hischier and defenseman Jonas Siegenthaler.