Reports: San Jose Sharks nearing 8 year extension with Tomas Hertl

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Mar 12, 2022; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) skates with the puck during the third period against the Los Angeles Kings at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Multiple reports on Wednesday indicate the San Jose Sharks and pending UFA forward Tomas Hertl are nearing an extension in the neighborhood of 8 years at around $8 million per season.

This has long been in the works, despite much speculation regarding Hertl as a possible trade deadline rental.

Sources: Elliotte Friedman, Pierre LeBrun

Tomas Hertl and Sharks working on new deal

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Jan 8, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) celebrates his second goal during the third period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. He would score his third goal for the hat trick and the game-winner in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Hertl, 28, is in the final year of a deal that has a $5.625M cap hit. This season, he’s notched 48 points in 59 contests. While teams were interested in acquiring him for a playoff run, there’s was plenty of talk from both parties about looking to continue the relationship.

On a recent 32 Thought Podcast, Elliotte Friedman said that he wouldn’t take Hertl off the board but that the Sharks were making a “serious run” at extending him.

Readers of The Daily Goal Horn shouldn’t be surprised by this. In late January, I reported that a team executive relayed that the Sharks were going to keep him.

Tomas Hertl was dropped entirely from our Trade Bait Tracker on March 14.