Sharks’ Meier is ‘very realistic’ about potentially being traded, agent says

The agent for Timo Meier said there still have not been any contract extension talks with the San Jose Sharks, seemingly amplifying the chances that the winger will be traded, potentially before the March 3 deadline. In a text message to this news organization Saturday, Meier’s agent and former Sharks player Claude Lemieux wrote, “we have not discussed a contract extension and we are very realistic of the possibility of Timo getting traded.” Meier is in the final year of a four-year, $24 million contract and is slated to become a restricted free agent in the offseason. He is making $10 million in salary this year, meaning the Sharks, if they keep him, will have to issue him a qualifying offer of that size this offseason to maintain his negotiation rights. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said earlier this week that if Sharks general manager Mike Grier gets a trade offer he likes, he will let the other team speak with Meier and Lemieux, to help work out a potential contract extension with that team. Meier said Saturday he can understand why other NHL teams would want

Sharks’ inconsistencies on full display in loss to NHL’s worst team

The San Jose Sharks have had issues stringing together wins all season long, and those struggles have extended to teams at or near the bottom of the NHL standings. Saturday, the Sharks had trouble putting away the NHL’s worst team, as Gus Nyquist scored a go-ahead goal with 7:22 left in the third period to help give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 5-3 win at Nationwide Arena. Nico Sturm was credited with his 11th goal of the season at the 1:53 mark of the third period, giving the Sharks a 3-2 lead, although it appeared Noah Gregor might have been the last San Jose player to touch the puck before it crossed the goal line. But Patrik Laine got that goal back just 1:11 later, as he was left alone near the slot and fired a shot past Sharks goalie Kaapo Kahkonen for his 13th of the season. Then after a Columbus takeaway, Nyquist ripped a shot past Kahkonen for his 10th of the season, helping the Blue Jackets (13-30-2) take a 4-3 lead and snap a three-game losing streak. Blue Jackets forward Sean Kuraly

Warriors forward JaMychal Green makes impact in first game back after rough month

CLEVELAND — Coach Steve Kerr pulled Warriors forward JaMychal Green aside before Friday night’s game against the Cavaliers to offer a few words of encouragement. “Go out there and play free,” Green recalled Kerr telling him. “I know you missed a few games, might make some mistakes, but just play through it.” That was exactly the advice Green needed to hear after a month away from the game due to various maladies. With Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andrew Wiggins out, JaMychal Green provided a key spark off the bench in his first game since Dec. 18, drilling a trio of the Warriors’ 14 first-half 3s. He ended the night with 13 points and eight rebounds in 16 minutes in the shorthanded Warriors’ improbable 120-114 road win. “That feels great,” Green said after the Warriors stunned the Cavaliers. “I was worried about the rhythm, my touch and everything out there, but it felt great to finally be back out there, to play well and get the win.” Friday night was a long time coming for Green after a grueling month. Green tested positive