San Jose Sharks 2010-11 Roster Taking Shape

June 30th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
With recent re-signings of Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Scott Nichol, and Niclas Wallin, the San Jose Sharks now have 11 forwards, six defencemen, and one goalie with NHL experience under contract for next season (click here to see an evaluation of the Sharks 2010 draft).

With qualifying offers extended to defensemen Derek Joslin and forwards Devin Setoguchi and Steven Zalewski, they are nearing a complete roster. Not only can the Sharks match any offer another team makes and keep a player, but anyone looking to steal a restricted free agent away from San Jose loses draft picks.

Exactly what those picks are depends on the amount of money the new team offers. The numbers vary according to the salary cap, which has been expected to go up slightly this year.

However, last season, a player being paid less than about $3.2 million costs his new team only one second-round pick, while players being paid more than that cost multiple picks, including a first-rounder.

Thus, while qualifying offers are not guarantees the player will remain with the team, they do make keeping that player likely. This means there are now enough players to field ...

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