San Jose Sharks Complete Busy Week Re-signing Free Agents

June 28th, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
From Thursday through Saturday of last week, the San Jose Sharks took major steps toward shaping their future. First of all, there was the NHL Draft; for a look at that, see Shark-Infested Blogger .

But there was significant free-agent news, as well. (For a look at play-by-play announcer Randy Hahn's insights on that topic, see my interview with him.) Unrestricted free agents Patrick Marleau, Niklas Wallin, and Scotty Nichol were re-signed, as was restricted free agent Joe Pavelski; let us examine each contract...

Starting with the face of the franchise, Patrick Marleau, I predicted he and the team would get a deal done with a hometown discount of $6.5 million. According to , it was four years at $6.9 million per year.

This clearly represents a hometown discount given it is less than a 10 percent raise on an old contract coming off a career year; he is only the team's fourth-highest paid player. With Marleau being the Sharks only player that could score against Annti Niemi and the Chicago Blackhawks, he was an almost must-sign for this amount.

Scotty Nichol made $750,000 last season and got a $10,000 (1.3 perce ...

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