San Jose Sharks Sign Michal Handzus, Jim Vandermeer

July 2nd, 2011 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »

It was not an especially active opening day of free agency for the San Jose Sharks.

Only two players, Michal Handzus and Jim Vandermeer, were signed to contracts. Only Ben Eager (Edmonton) and Jamal Mayers (Chicago) have new homes to head to.

Vandermeer, 31, is a tough blue liner who gives the Sharks another defensive-minded player they need. His contract is reported as one year, $1 million.

Handzus, 34, gives the team a big centre who can skate, win draws and, like Vandermeer, is useful on a penalty kill that struggled in 2010-11. He also is capable of adding scoring production to a third line that at worst has Torrey Mitchell and Jamie McGinn, and was certainly worth $5 million over two years.

But the team still has its own free agents to make decisions on. Sharks GM Doug Wilson already had said he was going to let Mayers go this offseason, along with Niclas Wallin (who has sai ...

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