The San Jose Sharks are in a weird spot that has ended up in a bit of a rebuild while carrying some very heavy contracts.
That has led to one of their young stars being disgruntled.
Speculation has grown that star center Tomas Hertl wants out of town and is looking for a trade before the deadline.
The 27 year old will be UFA next offseason and it's not likely he'll stick around in San Jose as he looks for possibly the best contract of his career and looks to join a winner.
So what exactly would it cost to land the forward?
According to San Jose Sharks' insider Kevin Kurz of The Athletic, the Sharks are looking for a first round pick and a high end prospect.
That prospect would be "preferably someone who could play NHL games ahead of or along the same timeline” as Sharks prospects like William Eklund and Thomas Bordeleau. That player could be a center but the declining stock of Ryan Merkley and Brent Burns’ advancing age could make a defenseman just as welcome."
Kurz adds that even with Hertl having a three team trade list, Sharks' GM Doug Wilson will bring in Hertl's agent to help facilitate a trade to a desired destination.
Would you give this up for Hertl?