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*** San Jose Sharks 2014 Off-Season Thread ***

Originally posted by Hopper:
We need do better than Galiardi at left wing to pair with Thornton.

I do agree. If we want speed with scoring ability, we might as well let Nieto play with him once we feel he's ready. Hertl could also be the guy.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Raffi Torres to a three-year contract that will keep him off the free-agent market next month.

A source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that the deal is worth $6 million total.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced the signing on Thursday. Torres was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

"We are very excited to bring Raffi back to the San Jose Sharks," Wilson said in a statement. "He competes hard in all three zones and brought a lot of ingredients to our lineup last season. We think he is a great fit for our club moving forward."

Bringing Torres back was a major offseason priority for Wilson despite the forward's suspension for the final six games of the second round for an illegal hit on Los Angeles'Jarret Stoll.

Torres provided a spark after being acquired from Phoenix at the trade deadline and had expressed a strong desire to stay in San Jose.

Torres had two goals and four assists in 11 regular-season games with the Sharks and scored an overtime goal to beat Vancouver in the first round.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/9406848/san-jose-sharks-re-sign-raffi-torres-3-year-contract
  • Garcia
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Great Great News.
Originally posted by Frisco69ers:
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Raffi Torres to a three-year contract that will keep him off the free-agent market next month.

A source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that the deal is worth $6 million total.
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced the signing on Thursday. Torres was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5.

"We are very excited to bring Raffi back to the San Jose Sharks," Wilson said in a statement. "He competes hard in all three zones and brought a lot of ingredients to our lineup last season. We think he is a great fit for our club moving forward."

Bringing Torres back was a major offseason priority for Wilson despite the forward's suspension for the final six games of the second round for an illegal hit on Los Angeles'Jarret Stoll.

Torres provided a spark after being acquired from Phoenix at the trade deadline and had expressed a strong desire to stay in San Jose.

Torres had two goals and four assists in 11 regular-season games with the Sharks and scored an overtime goal to beat Vancouver in the first round.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/9406848/san-jose-sharks-re-sign-raffi-torres-3-year-contract

This keeps the grit on the the team. We needed the energy, ferocious hitting, and those two coupled with a scoring touch.
yeah great news

until he looks at someone funny or sneezes on them and gets banned for life
Originally posted by ads_2006:
yeah great news

until he looks at someone funny or sneezes on them and gets banned for life

They gave him $2 mil/year. This may mean we're not going to extend many of the FA's unless we really love them.

I think they must feel very confident in our depth or their plans for depth this coming season. I keep mentioning Hamilton, Hertl, and Nieto who could all be on the NHL roster this coming season. I think if Torres is out for any period of time, it just means more opportunity for a young guy that has shown he is ready for a shot in the big leagues. Hope we can still somehow get rid of Havlat, but.. if not, we could at some point be looking at something like:

Marleau-Thornton-Burns
Torres-Couture-Havlat
Hertl-Pavelski-Wingels
Hamilton-(FA)-Burish
With the regular season over for the whole NHL now.. this is where Dougie starts heating up. We have 4 picks in the top 60 selections in the NHL Draft, which is quickly approaching. Wilson reportedly thinks this is a VERY strong draft. We might move up to get an instant contributor. Even if we stand pat, I think we're set to get some really good additions to the farm.

Wilson on the Sharks upcoming NHL Draft: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675095&print=true
Also thought this was interesting.. Sharks likely wanted to buyout Havlat, but couldn't.... And now it's questionable if he'll even be ready to start the season.

There had been speculation the Sharks would use a compliance buyout on forward Martin Havlat, but that's no longer an option because Havlat has undergone surgery to repair a groin injury that sidelined him for most of the playoffs. Injured players aren't eligible for compliance buyouts. He has two years remaining on a six-year, $30 million contract.

"He had a bi-lateral pelvic floor reconstruction," Wilson said. "There's no timeline for his return to play."

Although Wilson said Havlat's injury is not uncommon in hockey, he's not sure if he'll be ready for training camp.

"There's a lot of work to be done prior to that point," Wilson said.

Does Wilson expect Havlat to be on the team next year?

"It depends on his recovery," Wilson said. "If he's healthy, obviously he's a healthy player at that point and we'll make that decision."


Wilson said he doesn't expect to use a buyout on any player this offseason.

"No, I don't see us doing that," Wilson said. "We're trying to build on the momentum of how our team played down the stretch, certainly after the trade deadline. We like that we've become a team. Everybody's important. The key now is to build on that."
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Jun 25, 2013 at 8:35 PM ]
Steve Hoffner thinks we will select defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (Finland) with our first rounder: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675315

Apparently he is compared to Chris Pronger: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675329
Sharks re-sign Desjardins and Sheppard: http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=675357&navid=nhl:topheads

Looks like competition will be fierce for the rookie who wants to make this squad. Can Hertl, Nieto, Hamilton, Emanuelsson, or Stalberg make the cut?

Prediction:

Torres-Thornton-Burns
Marleau-Couture-Havlat
Hertl-Pavelski-Wingels
Sheppard-Desjardins-Burish
Sharks also re-sign D Jason Demers: http://sharks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=675424

And rookie Brodie Reid too:
http://sharks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=675426
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Also thought this was interesting.. Sharks likely wanted to buyout Havlat, but couldn't.... And now it's questionable if he'll even be ready to start the season.

There had been speculation the Sharks would use a compliance buyout on forward Martin Havlat, but that's no longer an option because Havlat has undergone surgery to repair a groin injury that sidelined him for most of the playoffs. Injured players aren't eligible for compliance buyouts. He has two years remaining on a six-year, $30 million contract.

"He had a bi-lateral pelvic floor reconstruction," Wilson said. "There's no timeline for his return to play."

Although Wilson said Havlat's injury is not uncommon in hockey, he's not sure if he'll be ready for training camp.

"There's a lot of work to be done prior to that point," Wilson said.

Does Wilson expect Havlat to be on the team next year?

"It depends on his recovery," Wilson said. "If he's healthy, obviously he's a healthy player at that point and we'll make that decision."


Wilson said he doesn't expect to use a buyout on any player this offseason.

"No, I don't see us doing that," Wilson said. "We're trying to build on the momentum of how our team played down the stretch, certainly after the trade deadline. We like that we've become a team. Everybody's important. The key now is to build on that."

With his luck he probably would've broken a finger just signing the buyout.
Originally posted by Hopper:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Also thought this was interesting.. Sharks likely wanted to buyout Havlat, but couldn't.... And now it's questionable if he'll even be ready to start the season.

There had been speculation the Sharks would use a compliance buyout on forward Martin Havlat, but that's no longer an option because Havlat has undergone surgery to repair a groin injury that sidelined him for most of the playoffs. Injured players aren't eligible for compliance buyouts. He has two years remaining on a six-year, $30 million contract.

"He had a bi-lateral pelvic floor reconstruction," Wilson said. "There's no timeline for his return to play."

Although Wilson said Havlat's injury is not uncommon in hockey, he's not sure if he'll be ready for training camp.

"There's a lot of work to be done prior to that point," Wilson said.

Does Wilson expect Havlat to be on the team next year?

"It depends on his recovery," Wilson said. "If he's healthy, obviously he's a healthy player at that point and we'll make that decision."


Wilson said he doesn't expect to use a buyout on any player this offseason.

"No, I don't see us doing that," Wilson said. "We're trying to build on the momentum of how our team played down the stretch, certainly after the trade deadline. We like that we've become a team. Everybody's important. The key now is to build on that."

With his luck he probably would've broken a finger just signing the buyout.

Or sustained a season-ending eye injury just reading it.

Knowing they were trying to get rid of him.. At this point I don't even care what we can get for him. If we were content to let him go, I say trade him for whatever we can get to take his salary off the books. Too much young talent that can replace him and give us a HEALTHY contributor who actually has growth potential.

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Side note: Look at our draft picks for 2013,

RD PICK
1 20
2 49
2 50
2 58
4 111
5 141
7 201
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Jun 28, 2013 at 6:48 PM ]
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We just traded a 2nd Rnd Pick to PITT for Tyler Kennedy

Anyone want to she'd light ok this doot?
[ Edited by Garcia on Jun 30, 2013 at 12:11 PM ]
Wilson already dumping draft picks. smh