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An Easy Decision For Joel Ward

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

In yet another move that strongly suggests that the Sharks are back in win-now mode, veteran right wing Joel Ward was signed on Friday to a three-year contract with San Jose.

On the day before July 4, Ward is taking off his red, white and blue to put on teal, leaving the Capitals as an unrestricted free agent. It became evident that Ward would be looking for a new home after Washington added T.J. Oshie via trade with St. Louis, and signed Justin Williams away from Los Angeles earlier this week.

Ward sounded excited to be coming to a club that he still believes can compete for a Stanley Cup.

“The names on the roster speak for themselves. It made the decision pretty easy,” Ward said on a conference call Friday. “I want to win, and give [myself] a chance to hoist the Cup. I thought that was a place that with the roster, I could come in here and fit and try to achieve that goal.”

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Joel Ward Signs With The San Jose Sharks

 

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Paul Martin Says Thank You To Pittsburgh

from Paul Martin at The Players' Tribune,

There are many more people I’d like to thank, but most importantly, I’d like to thank the fans. You were all so supportive and passionate. When I arrived here, I was a defensive specialist — definitely not a household name. I used to have a joke when I was driving around town with friends and spotted someone in a Penguins jersey. “Hey, there’s a no. 7!” You see so many 7s in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, most have an 8 before or a 1 after. Sid and Geno run the town. Whenever I would see an actual Paul Martin jersey, I’d usually pop my head out the window and say hello.

I’ll never forget the kids who would come up to me and say, “You’re my favorite player. I want to play just like you.” That never stops being an incredible feeling.

So thank you, Pittsburgh. And hello, San Jose. I can’t catch a break. I’ve got some stiff competition in the team store with Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Burns … I might have to buy a bunch of teal no. 7 jerseys and circulate them around the city. Keep your eye out.

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Paul Martin To San Jose

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San Jose Sharks Make Brenden Dillon Signing Official

SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has re-signed defenseman Brenden Dillon (@BDillon4) to a five-year contract.

 Dillon, 24, recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) and 77 penalty minutes in 80 games with both Dallas and San Jose last season. Acquired from Dallas in November 2014, Dillon ranked 3rd on San Jose in penalty minutes (54), hits (127) and his 19:13 average ice time per game ranked 6th on the team in 60 games with the Sharks. He finished ranking 4th on San Jose in blocked shots (110).  

 "Brenden is an important part of this team going forward and we look forward to him playing an integral role on our blueline for years to come," said Wilson. "He's a great fit for our organization now and for the future and we're excited to watch him blossom here in San Jose."

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It Appears Martin Jones Is On His Way To San Jose

 

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San Jose Sharks Trade Rights Of Anti Niemi To The Dallas Stars

 

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Is Kevin Bieksa Headed To San Jose?

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The San Jose Sharks Could Be Busy At The Draft And Beyond

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

There’s a real possibility that there could be a blockbuster in the works involving one of the team’s core players.

Would aging veterans Joe Thornton and/or Patrick Marleau prefer to relocate to a team that has better prospects of winning in the immediate future? Was Brent Burns shifted back to defense last season in order to increase his trade value? Is Logan Couture still happy here, after he was critical of the team’s “not great” culture? Is Justin Braun expendable after he struggled in the first year after signing a big contract extension? These are all fair questions.

There’s also free agency. Wilson indicated that market is pretty thin but the Sharks have plenty of cap space to play with, sitting approximately $16 million under the limit.

Wilson has hinted for months that the Sharks could be in a position to take advantage of a club that is up against the cap. Perhaps they are readying an offer sheet or two for a top restricted free agent.

There should be plenty of options, and Wilson will weigh them all leading up to the draft and in the weeks that follow.

"We're putting this team in a position to bounce back and be very competitive come September,” Wilson said. “Will we explore everything? Yeah, we will.”

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How About Evgeni Malkin To The San Jose Sharks?

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

Sharks owner Hasso Plattner was adamant that when he mentioned Penguins star Evgeni Malkin’s name during a recent press conference, he was only using the Russian forward as an example and wasn’t tampering.

“We cannot buy the Stanley Cup,” said the billionaire founder of SAP on May 8, before casually mentioning that Malkin wasn’t a player the Sharks could just go out and spend to acquire.

Still, some ears in San Jose may have perked up a bit late last week when Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet (Canada) mentioned that Malkin might not be happy in Pittsburgh. The Penguins were recently eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, and may be looking to shake things up this offseason now that it’s been six years since their last Stanley Cup and they fritter away the prime of Sidney Crosby’s career. Malkin is their highest paid player, carrying a $9.5 million salary cap hit through 2021-22.

Malkin’s agent predictably denied that his client was looking to be traded shortly after the report surfaced.

If both Malkin and the Penguins are ready for a change, though, there aren’t too many other teams that could take on Malkin’s salary.

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