NHL Free Agency 2012: San Jose Sharks Sign Several Free Agents

July 3rd, 2012 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks signed at least four more players on the second day of this summer's NHL free-agency period. But many NHL fans will not know their games by their names.

Sharks fans are very familiar with one name. Alex Stalock is one of the franchise's top goalie prospects, and the team announced they had re-signed him to a one-year contract worth $687,500 (as reported by CapGeek).

Shortly after making his NHL debut in 2011—saving all nine shots over 30 minutes for a win in relief of Antti Niemi—Stalock was badly injured by a skate blade. After a long rehabilitation, he returned to action in January and was impressive in Worcester, going 3-1-0 with a 1.87 GAA and .932 save pct. in five starts.

The Sharks also re-signed defenceman Matt Irwin to a one-year, $650,000 two-way contract (he earns just $105,000 if he remains in the minors, according to CapGeek). Irwin provides Worcester with offensive production from the blue line, totaling 73 points in 146 career AHL games. At 24, he still might have a chance to develop into an NHL defenceman.

San Jose also added 31-year-old forward Bracken Kearns, according to Renaud P. Lavoie. ...

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