Player News - Sharks

Date: Team: Pos:

Ryan Merkley has signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Merkley had 13 goals and 67 points in 63 OHL games last season. He was taken with the 21st overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. "Ryan was one of the most talented players at his position in this year's draft and we were very excited to add him to our organization," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "We were impressed with the way he handled himself as the youngest player at our summer development camp and feel that he has a whole new level he has yet to tap into. Ryan has the potential to be a difference maker at the NHL level and we are looking forward to watching his development this season."
Jul 19 - 10:42 AM

Alexander True has signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.

True had 15 goals and 28 points in 68 AHL games last season. The 21-year-old earned his contract after going undrafted. "Alex really made an impression on us with his skill-set this past season for the San Jose Barracuda," said Sharks assistant GM and AHL's Barracuda GM Joe Will. "He chose to sign a contract with the Barracuda last season even though he still had junior eligibility, and his development significantly improved under Head Coach Roy Sommer and his staff. His offensive abilities are an asset to the organization and we're excited to see him take the next step. Alex is another prime example of the tireless effort that our scouting staff puts in, especially in regards to amateur free agents, and we're proud of the success they have been able to achieve in that market."
Jul 18 - 3:57 PM

Chris Tierney has signed a two-year, $5.875 million contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Tierney had an arbitration hearing scheduled for July 20 in case the two sides couldn't reach an agreement before then. This is a big raise over his previous salary of $735,000, but that makes sense given that he scored 17 goals and 40 points in 82 games last season.
Jul 18 - 12:14 PM

The San Jose Sharks have placed Noah Rod on unconditional waivers.

If Rod goes unclaimed, then San Jose is expected to terminate his contract. Rod was lent to Switzerland for the bulk of the 2017-18 campaign. The Sharks originally selected him with the 53rd overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Jul 17 - 2:06 PM

Chris Tierney's arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 20.

That's the earliest possible hearing date. He scored 17 goals and 40 points in 82 games, so he should get a sizable raise over his 2017-18 salary of $735,000.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 12 - 2:38 PM

Ryan Merkley plans to work with a sports psychologist to avoid getting frustrated or angry while playing.

There's concerns about Merkley staying on too long for shifts and losing his focus. Mistakes can lead to frustration, which could compound things. Merkley has also gotten into a public argument before with his coach that led to a benching and received a three-game suspension for a retaliatory slash. Those kinds of incidents are likely what led to the talented offensive defenseman to fall to the 21st overall pick, so if he can successfully make adjustments, he might end up being something of a steal for San Jose. "In the heat of the moment, how I react. I need to get better [at that] for sure," Merkley said. He added, "I'm sure I can play against the best [in the offensive zone]. Now I've got to show I can play in the defensive zone against anybody."
Jul 9 - 3:58 AM

Tim Burke has been promoted by the San Jose Sharks to serve as an assistant general manager.

Burke, who is entering his 21st season with the Sharks, duties will include overseeing San Jose's efforts when it comes to the draft. He's already helped the Sharks draft a number of key players over his tenure, including Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, and Tomas Hertl, among others. Along with fellow assistant general manager Joe Will, Burke will be reporting to GM Doug Wilson. Doug Wilson Jr., who is going into his seventh season with San Jose, will be the new director of scouting and work under Burke.
Jul 7 - 8:21 PM

Dylan DeMelo has signed a two-year contract with the San Jose Sharks.

DeMelo is staying with the Sharks despite not getting a qualifying offer from the team and becoming an unrestricted free agent. "Dylan proved last season that he's ready to be a full time NHL player and really blossomed towards the end of the year and into the playoffs," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "His skating ability and strong play in both ends make him a valuable part of our blue line. He's extremely popular with his teammates and we are excited to have him back with our team." He had no goals and 20 assists in 63 games last season.
Jul 7 - 6:20 PM

Vladislav Kotkov has signed a three-year, entry-level contract.

Kotkov had 21 goals and 49 points in 61 QMJHL games last season. The 18-year-old forward was an undrafted free agent prospect. "Vladislav has shown the abilities to be a high-end-skill power forward," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "He was one of the most consistent first-year draft-eligible forwards in junior hockey last season. We were pleased he accepted our invitation to our development camp and are looking forward to working with him to continue his development."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 6 - 6:16 PM

Chris Tierney has asked for salary arbitration.

Tierney finished a one-year, $735,000 contract. He should get a good raise after scoring 17 goals and 40 points in 82 contests last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:58 PM

Tomas Hertl's recently signed four-year contract reportedly comes with a $5.625 million annual cap hit.

Hertl had 22 goals and 46 points in 79 games in 2017-18, but he's hoping to find another level this season. "I think I took another step [in the playoffs], but I'm not done," Hertl told reporters. "I think I can still be a little bit better player and show I can score more goals and be even better for [the] team." Sharks GM Doug Wilson seems to share that optimism about Hertl's future as he noted that the team feels "that he is just starting to hit his prime."
Jul 3 - 11:03 AM

Joe Thornton said his surgically-repaired knees are feeling strong.

Thornton signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the San Jose Sharks on Monday and is hoping to play a full season after being limited to 47 contests in 2017-18. "I'm way further along because [when I injured my left knee two years ago,] that was just a summer of rehab and then, boom, I'm back on the ice," Thornton said. "And I felt great, to be honest with you...I've been rehabbing [my right knee] since February. So, it feels great and feels strong as of this moment. I've still got another two months to get it stronger, which is a good feeling." If he can stay healthy, then it's still possible for Thornton to contribute 50-60 points next season.
Jul 3 - 11:00 AM

Tomas Hertl has signed a four-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks.

The financial terms weren't immediately available. Hertl was a restricted free agent after completing his two-year, $6 million contract. "Tomas took a big step forward last season, both on and off the ice, and we feel that he is just starting to hit his prime," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "He has the ability to be a dominant player in this League and proved during the playoffs that he can take over any given game with his combination of skill and strength. His capability to play both center and the wing gives our team some flexibility, and he has one of the most infectious personalities in our dressing room. We're excited he made this commitment to our organization." He had 22 goals and 46 points in 79 contests last season.
Jul 2 - 4:52 PM

Joe Thornton has agreed to a one-year contract worth $5 million with the San Jose Sharks.

Thornton had 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games last season, but didn't play after Jan. 23 due to a knee injury. Knee problems have unfortunately become a recurring issue for him, but when he's healthy, he's still a significant contributor. "Joe has become one of the faces of this franchise since his arrival in 2005 and we feel it's only fitting that he will be wearing teal going forward," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "He is a generational playmaker and his accomplishments place him amongst the elite players to ever play the game. He has helped lead this team to new levels and continues to be one of the top two-way centers in the League. Nobody loves the game of hockey more than Joe Thornton and his leadership on and off the ice have been instrumental in this franchise's success. We're excited that he has continued his commitment to this organization and the fans in San Jose."
Jul 2 - 3:53 PM

The San Jose Sharks have confirmed that Logan Couture has inked an eight-year contract extension.

San Jose didn't disclose the financial terms, but based on a previous report the contract is worth $64 million. He recorded 61 points in 78 games last season, including a career-high 34 goals. This new contract won't begin until 2019 because Couture still has a season left on his five-year, $30 million deal that he signed back in June 2013. "Logan is a difference maker and has the proven ability to elevate his game when his team needs him the most," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "His leadership, on and off the ice, combined with his high skill level and hockey sense make him a crucial component to this team's success. We're thrilled that Logan has made this long-term commitment to the team and to the community."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 1 - 2:12 PM


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