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Sharks' Evander Kane: Under gambling investigation
Kane was placed under investigation for gambling on NHL games Saturday.
Allegations emerged from Kane's wife Saturday which suggested that Kane gambled on games, including throwing his own games. If such allegations are proven true, the resulting punishment would likely have significant consequences for Kane's career, though it may take some time for the league to complete its investigation.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Nicholas Merkley: Gets deal done with San Jose
Merkley signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sharks on Wednesday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Merkley was not qualified by the Sharks, but they were able to work out a league-minimum deal. The 24-year-old forward had a respectable 10 points in 27 contests with the Devils last year, and he could compete for a bottom-six role with the Sharks in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Jaycob Megna: Returning to San Jose organization
Megna signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Sharks on Wednesday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Megna had only eight points in 36 contests with AHL San Jose last year, but that was enough for the Sharks to keep him in the organization. He'll likely in the minors for most of the year as depth on the blue line.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Lane Pederson: Traded to San Jose
Pederson was traded by Arizona to the Sharks in exchange for a 2024 fourth-round pick Wednesday. Following the trade, Pederson signed a two-year contract with San Jose. The first year of the contract is a two-way deal, whereas the second year of the contract is a one-way deal.
Pederson will likely bounce between levels in 2021-22, but the structure of his contract suggests the Sharks expect him to be a full-time NHLer the following year. The 23-year-old pivot picked up three points in 15 games with the Coyotes last season.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' James Reimer: Finds new home
Reimer signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract with the Sharks on Wednesday.
Reimer made less than 30 appearances in net in each of his previous two seasons with Carolina, which should come as a huge surprise given he has served primarily as a backup throughout his career. The Manitoba native has reached the 20-win threshold just twice over his 11 years in the NHL but could challenge Adin Hill for the starting job.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Nick Bonino: Headed out west
Bonino agreed to terms on a two-year, $4.1 million contract with San Jose on Wednesday, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
Bonino will be joining his sixth NHL franchise since entering the league back in 2009-10 with the Ducks. While he's never actually played for the Sharks, the 33-year-old center was drafted by the club in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Draft. Bringing in the veteran will give San Jose the option to move Tomas Hertl back to the wing.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Andrew Cogliano: Signs with San Jose
Cogliano signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Sharks on Wednesday, Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now reports.
Cogliano drew into 54 games with the Stars last season, picking up 11 points, 88 shots and 79 hits while averaging 13:56 of ice time per contest. The veteran winger should perform similarly while skating in a bottom-six role with San Jose next year.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Nicholas Merkley: Headed out west
Merkley was traded for by the Sharks from the Devils on Monday in a swap for Christian Jaros.
Merkley will need a new contract from the Sharks, as he will be a restricted free agent when things open up Wednesday. While he wasn't a full-time lineup player for New Jersey last year, the 24-year-old Merkley did set personal bests in games (27), goals (two) and assists (eight) and should be capable of at least securing a bottom-six role with San Jose.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Benjamin Gaudreau: Drafted 81st overall at '21 Draft
Gaudreau was drafted 81st overall by the Sharks at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
The Sharks are rolling the dice on a goaltender who played just five games this past season, all with Team Canada at the World U-18s. To Gaudreau's credit, he was excellent in that brief showcase, leading all netminders in both GAA (2.00) and save percentage (.919) while going undefeated (5-0-0) and being named the tournament's top goaltender. That's all well and good, but the last time we saw Gaudreau at the OHL level back in 2019-20, he posted a 10-13-2 record along with a 4.34 GAA and .890 save percentage. Yes, Gaudreau was just 16 years old and playing for one of the league's worst teams (Sarnia), but there's no way to sugarcoat numbers that poor. This is a high-risk/high-reward pick for an organization in need of goaltending depth.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' William Eklund: Lucky seventh at 2021 NHL Draft
Eklund was drafted seventh overall by the Sharks at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Eklund is the top offensive talent in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. He brings a touch of Henrik Zetterberg to San Jose -- he's quick, agile and skilled, and slides in and out of seams to get open for a quick shot. And he plays well in all three zones. Despite suffering through COVID-19 and an emergency appendectomy this season, Eklund still earned the Swedish Hockey League's top rookie award with the sixth-most points for a first-year draft-eligible player in league history. His only knock? Eklund is 5-foot-10 and 172 pounds, so he will need to adjust to the more physical North American game. But despite his size, he isn't afraid to go to the net. He might even be what fellow Swede William Nylander could be with a bit more consistency.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Rudolfs Balcers: Inks two-year extension
Balcers signed a two-year, $3.1 million contract with the Sharks on Thursday.
Balcers drew into 41 games in his first year with the Sharks in 2020-21, picking up eight goals, 17 points, 66 shots and 81 hits over that span. The 24-year-old forward should continue to produce similarly while skating in a middle-six role over the next two seasons.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Joachim Blichfeld: Grabs two-way contract
Blichfeld (concussion) inked a one-year, two-way deal with San Jose on Thursday.
Blichfeld has played in just eight NHL games over the previous two seasons in which he generated a lone point. As such, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see him handed a two-way deal. Fantasy players should expect the 23-year-old winger to continue, at best, splitting his time between leagues.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Martin Jones: Workhorse available to Kraken
Jones was exposed to Seattle in advance of Wednesday's Expansion Draft.
Jones is an interesting netminder in the sense that he's played in 134 regular-season games over the last three years while posting identical lackluster .896 save percentages in each. He's a proven workhorse between the pipes -- as evidenced by his 60-plus games four years running from 2015-19 -- but the 31-year-old's ratios have taken a dive and he appears to be past his prime. Jones has three years remaining on his current deal worth $5.75 million annually.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Adin Hill: Dealt to San Jose
Hill and a 2022 seventh-round pick were traded by the Coyotes to the Sharks in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick and Josef Korenar on Saturday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Hill was pretty solid for the Coyotes in 2020-21, going 9-9-1 with two shutouts while posting a 2.74 GAA and a .913 save percentage in 19 appearances. The 6-foot-6 netminder will likely compete with Martin Jones for San Jose's starting job next season.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Dylan Gambrell: Re-ups with Sharks
Gambrell signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Sharks on Thursday.
Gambrell isn't exactly a key cog on the offensive end of the ice, tallying a combined 23 points over the last two seasons, but he does hold some value in leagues that count hits and blocked shots. His willingness to lay his body on the line likely also played a role in the team's desire to retain the restricted free agent for another campaign. Per Cap Friendly, he will be a restricted free agent again next offseason.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Josef Korenar: Inks extension with San Jose
Korenar signed a one-year contract extension with the Sharks on Tuesday.
Korenar made 10 appearances with the big club last season, posting a 3-5-0 record with a 3.17 GAA and .899 save percentage. He was solid in four AHL playoff starts, as evidenced by his 2.03 GAA and .929 save percentage with the Barracuda. He's likely to open 2021-22 in the AHL, as well.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Matt Nieto: Inks two-year deal
Nieto (lower body) agreed to terms on a two-year, $1.7 million contract with San Jose on Monday.
Nieto appeared in just 28 games for the Sharks this season, ending the year on injured reserve due to a lower-body issue. When he was healthy, the 28-year-old winger managed five goals and two assists while averaging 14:00 of ice time. In a full 82-game season, Nieto should challenge for the 20-point threshold, a mark he had reached in the previous three campaigns.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Nicolas Meloche: Inks one-year deal with Sharks
Meloche signed a one-year extension with San Jose on Monday.
Meloche made his NHL debut this season, tallying an assist and six shots in seven games with San Jose. He'll likely be a depth option again next season and could see time with the NHL and AHL clubs. The 23-year-old blueliner picked up nine assists in 29 games with AHL San Jose during the 2020-21 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Sharks' Jeffrey Viel: Earns two-year extension
Viel (eye) signed a two-year extension with San Jose on Monday.
Viel was scoreless in 11 games during his first taste of NHL action this season, recording a minus-7 rating and 22 hits in the process. He missed the final game of the regular season with an eye injury after fighting the Coyotes' Michale Bunting but he's expected to be ready for training camp. The 24-year-old winger will likely see most of his playing time in a bottom-six role next season.... See More ... See Less
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