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The Sharks may be interested in bringing the Winnipeg Jets’ Devin Setoguchi back to San Jose, according to a report from TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Setoguchi would likely be a rental, as he’s a pending unrestricted free agent with a salary cap hit of $3 million. According to McKenzie, the Sharks and Jets have “had some discussions” about the 27-year-old forward.
In 61 games with the Jets this season, Setoguchi has 11 goals and 15 assists for 26 points. He spent his first four NHL seasons with San Jose before he was traded to Minnesota as part of the deal for Brent Burns on June 24, 2011.
In order for the Sharks to fit Setoguchi in under the salary cap, they would have to move salary out elsewhere. According to the numbers on CapGeek.com, San Jose has just $1.697 million of room under the cap. Acquiring Setoguchi would put them approximately $1.3 million over the $64.3 million threshold.
Setoguchi could help fill the void left by injured rookie Tomas Hertl, who appears unlikely to play at least the rest of the regular season.
One player the Sharks would like to move is Marty Havlat, who carries a $5 million cap hit this season and in 2014-15. Under the terms of the new CBA, the Sharks could retain a portion of Havlat’s salary if the forward, who has a no-trade clause, would agree to be moved.
The NHL's trade deadline is on Wednesday at noon PST.