The San Jose Sharks further secured their depth at forward by re-signing restricted free agent forward Tommy Wingels to a three-year extension worth $7.4 million, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area. The 26-year-old will be tied to a $2.46 million cap hit for the duration of the contract and will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent upon the conclusion of the deal.
Wingels had a career year in San Jose, potting 16 goals and 38 points, while playing in a variety of situations for the club. The young forward who can play center or wing appeared in 77 games last year, providing energy at both ends of the ice and rather terrific penalty-killing skills.
As noted by Sharks blog Fear the Fin, San Jose actually out-scored the opposition 6-5 with Wingels on the ice in penalty-killing situations. He scored two shorthanded goals, while averaging about 1:16 per game on the penalty kill for San Jose and seemed to have great success at surpressing shots from the opposing power plays.
Wingels scored 14 of his 16 goals at even strength, was credited with 218 hits and averaged more than 16 minutes of ice time per game. He has good speed and a sturdy frame that allows him to succeed in open ice or along the boards.
At a more-than-reasonable cap hit, the Sharks have a good young player who probably has his best years ahead of him, while eating up two of his UFA seasons.
Wingels, who has appeared in 157 NHL games to date -- all with the Sharks -- has 60 points over his young career.
While San Jose still appears to be in limbo in terms of what comes next for the organization following the demoralizing playoff loss to the Los Angeles Kings this year, they at least decided to reward a good young player that made the team better last year.
The Sharks still have yet to re-sign restricted free agents James Sheppard and Jason Demers, with the latter filing for salary arbitration this weekend. They do have quite a bit of cap space to work with, however, following the departures of Dan Boyle (free agency) and Martin Havlat (buyout).