One of the items on General Manager Doug Wilson’s summer to-do list was re-signing his four Restricted Free Agents (RFAs).
And two weeks into the free agency period, that item can be checked off.
The four RFAs all re-signed for team-friendly, short term (max 2 years) deals. (Hertl re-signed 6/29 for two years; DeMelo 7/11, two years; Carpenter 7/14, one year; Nieto 7/15, one year)
With the RFA signings, plus UFA signings of Schlemko, Boedekar and Kelly, the Sharks have 45 NHL deals signed (one slideable) and 5 AHL deals.
That may be enough to fill the NHL and AHL rosters for the season, with some extras in the ECHL.
But there’s still some possibility of additional signings, as well as some trades before the season opening rosters for the Sharks and Barracuda are set.
(Post will be updated through the day as former Sharks get new deals and/or Sharks make a signing.)
Official NHL list of signings
Sharks sign David Schlemko to four year deal.
Sharks sign Mikkel Boedker to four year deal.
Sharks re-sign Aaron Dell to two year deal. (Think NHL backup this season and expansion draft dangle.)
Sharks re-sign Michael Haley to one year deal.
James Reimer signs with Florida Panthers; as does Jason Demers.
Jamie McGinn signs 3 year deal with Arizona Coyotes.
Alex Stalock signs with Minnesota Wild
Brian Campbell signs with Chicago Blackhawks; Brendan Mashinter re-signs with Chicago.
Carter Hutton signs 2 year deal with St Louis Blues
Jeremy Morin signs one year, two-way deal with Tampa Bay Lightning.
Karl Stollery signs with New Jersey Devils
Matt Irwin signs with Nashville Predators
Highlights: Sharks sign McLaren, announce hiring of Spott as assistant coach. Former Shark Garpenlov named assistant coach for Team Sweden, World Cup of Hockey. Former Shark Rissmiller named NJD development coach. AHL and Barracuda schedule releasing Thursday morning (10am PT). NBC Sports/PHT season preview. And a few other articles of interest.
(The Puck Daddy Sharks A-Z article was so filled with errata, I refuse to link it.)
SJ Mercury News
Waterloo Record: Spott reunites with DeBoer with San Jose Sharks
Very nice feature article
SportsXchange: Sharks name ex-Leafs coach Steve Spott an assistant
USA Today: NHL Western Conference: Why your favorite team won’t win the Stanley Cup
IIHF: Gronberg to coach Sweden
Former Shark Johan Garpenlov named one of assistant coaches
New Jersey Devils: Patrick Rissmiller named development coach
Former Shark. Congrats.
Halifax Mooseheads: SHARKS CAMP ON THE HORIZON FOR MEIER
Puck Daddy/Yahoo Sports: Pacific Division: Still the worst in the NHL? (Trending Topics)
Toronto Star: Steve Spott using tough year with Leafs as learning experience
OHL: DeBoer and Spott reunited in San Jose
Sharks had their draftees and some invitees in town for development camp (7/6-7/10). Sharks hosted a STH town hall on Tuesday (7/9). Prospects had a chance to strut their stuff in scrimmage Thursday 7/11.
David Pollak, of the San Jose Mercury News, announces his retirement. (But he’ll still be writing about the Sharks for The Hockey News.)
Sharks town hall included a few announcements including:
- All 82 regular season games will include a full pregame show on flagship 98.5 KFOX station (radio). (Previously, games on the road in ET, CT and sometimes MT, that started on week days did not have a pregame on their flagship station.)
- As part of the 25th anniversary celebration, the Sharks plan on bringing in a Sharks alum to drop the puck for every Saturday night game.
Signings this week:
- Timo Meier signs ELC
- Gus Young becomes first player to sign with AHL Barracuda
Former Sharks: Irwin signs with Bruins. Scott signs with Coyotes.
So, last summer, the Sharks did not pursue any key free agents, and did not pursue any significant trades. As a consequence, they fell behind the other teams that moved forward, and actually fell back another step in part due to some chronic injuries and poor showing in the month of February. As a consequence, the Sharks playoff streak was snapped, to the great consternation and disappointment of fans.
This year, the Sharks made a move after the draft to shore up their goal tending, and signed a handful of recognizable UFAs in the opening days of free agency.
That fills in most of the holes for the NHL roster, but there are still some openings that younger kids could fill. For the rest of the summer, many of the signings may be positioned to be for the Barracuda. It may also be that some of the try out players at this upcoming week’s development camp may allow the Sharks to fill some of those positions (or take notes for future moves). 7 of the 9 drafted players at last week’s draft will be participating in the development camp
On to the news:
To reiterate, the Sharks acquired Martin Jones on 6/30, and signed him to a three year extension (in advance of free agency opening, but it was not announced until 7/2).
On the opening day of free agency, the Sharks addressed their blueline, signing Paul Martin to a four year deal.
Longtime Sharks Front Office Executive Wayne Thomas Retires
Sharks announce Bob Boughner and Johan Hedberg as assistant coaches to Peter DeBoer
Sharks re-sign forward Bryan Lerg to one year deal 6/30, announced 7/2
Sharks sign former Shark forward John McCarthy to one year deal
Sharks re-Sign Forward Micheal Haley to one year deal
Sharks Sign Defenseman Patrick McNally. Acquired at draft for pick; collegiate graduate. ELS deal; two years.
Sharks Sign UFA Defenseman Mark Cundari
Sharks Sign UFA Forward Joel Ward
Sharks 2015 Development Camp Roster Announced
No news out of the Sharks on 7/4 (a US Federal Holiday) and 7/5 (GM Wilson’s birthday). Monday 7/6 begins the Sharks development camp.
ESPN: Sharks look like contenders again