Hertl says contract negotiations with Sharks are ‘positive'


LAS VEGAS — I put Tomas Hertl in a tough spot this afternoon.

Hertl, an impending UFA who’s been subject to a barrage of trade rumors in the lead-up to the Mar. 21 trade deadline, had just confirmed that he and the San Jose Sharks are still discussing a new contract. He did not say if San Jose had sent him a formal contract offer yet.

“I don’t really want to get too deep because I want to keep focusing [on hockey],” the top-line center offered. “But there was some talks lately. So we will see.”

At last check about three weeks ago, Sharks acting GM Joe Will painted a Kinkade-like portrait of the team’s negotiations with Tomas Hertl and his agent Craig Oster — which wasn’t exactly Hertl’s interpretation.

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