5:27: The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz reports that the Sharks have no interest in Pyatt as the only reason Pyatt was included in the deal was because Vancouver already had the maximum number of 50 contracts and needed to send a player back to the Sharks.
4:30: The Vancouver Canucks announced they have acquired prospect Francis Perron and a 2019 seventh-round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the rights to unrestricted free agent Tom Pyatt and a 2019 sixth-round pick.
Perron, acquired last offseason along with Erik Karlsson from Ottawa, had a breakout year with the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL, posting 18 goals and 47 points in 63 games after putting up just 10 combined goals over the two previous years, but with a tremendous amount of young talent coming into the AHL this season in Ivan Chekhovich, Sasha Chmelevski, Noah Gregor and Joakim Blichfield, Perron was expendable. The 23-year-old has a better chance to cracking Vancouver’s lineup in training camp than he would have in San Jose.
The 32-year-old Pyatt is expected to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. No word on whether San Jose wants to sign the veteran forward. He played 37 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, tallying no goals and two assists, but then was traded along with goaltender Mike McKenna to Vancouver in the Anders Nilsson trade in January. He was immediately sent to the Utica Comets after the trade and played 36 games there, scoring six goals and 19 points there. Whether San Jose might want him as a cheap bottom-line option with the Sharks or potentially as a veteran leader for their top prospects is still up in the air.