Player News - Sharks

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Evander Kane feels comfortable with the San Jose Sharks.

"The one thing about this team, this group and this organization is they allow you to be yourself," Kane said. "They embrace you for who you are and it’s a very unselfish group that makes it super-easy to come into and mesh well with." Kane had some issues along the way with the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres, so finding a team he could mesh is likely of great value to him. Kane said he wanted to stay with the Sharks and demonstrated that by signing a seven-year, $49 million contract.
May 25 - 10:34 AM

Evander Kane's newly signed seven-year contract is reportedly worth $49 million.

That meshes with the reports that came out before the signing became official. The contract also involves a pretty strong modified no-trade clause for Kane. If the Sharks want to move him, Kane can limit their options to just three teams and it looks like that no-trade clause extends throughout the life of this contract.
May 24 - 11:20 AM

The San Jose Sharks have signed Evander Kane to a seven-year contract extension.

The San Jose Sharks didn't disclosed the financial terms of the signing, but based on previous reports, it's probably in the ballpark of $7 million per season. The Sharks acquired Kane from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline and he meshed well with San Jose, scoring nine goals and 14 points in 17 regular season games with the Sharks. Overall, he had 29 goals and 54 points in 78 contests last season. The Sharks are taking a risk here given the inconsistent nature of Kane's career to date, but Kane's also just 26-years-old (he'll turn 27 in August), so the Sharks are buying what should be the prime years of his career. "At only 26 years old, Evander has established himself as one of hockey's true power forwards and an impact player," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "We think his abilities mesh perfectly with our group of skilled, young players and veteran leaders."
Source: NHL.com
May 24 - 10:59 AM

The San Jose Sharks have reportedly agreed to a long-term deal with Evander Kane.

The Sharks hit a home run when they acquired Kane from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline and it sounds like they're about to award him with a huge pay day. According to Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar, the deal is believed to be in the seven-year, $7 million per season range. The 26-year-old had nine goals and 14 points in 17 games with the Sharks. He then added another four goals and one assist in nine postseason games. If this report is true, the conditional pick that went from San Jose to Buffalo would become a first-round pick in 2019 instead of a second-rounder.
May 22 - 7:13 PM

Evander Kane is slated to get a mid-to-long term contract extension offer from the San Jose Sharks, according to what the Athletic's Kevin Kurz is hearing.

Kane appeared to be willing to re-sign with the Sharks after the team was eliminated from the playoffs in the second round, but he still may decide to the test the open market. San Jose made their intentions known that they were interested in keeping the potential UFA earlier this month.
May 22 - 3:03 PM

Joe Thornton's knee problems might be part of the reason he wants to stay with San Jose.

Thornton is comfortable with the Sharks, especially during a part of his career where injuries have unfortunately been an ongoing issue. He's familiar with the Sharks doctors and the Sharks understand his situation better than anyone. If he goes to another team now, it'd be potentially tricky given those extra circumstances. It was the same problem last summer, which seems to have influenced his decision to re-sign with the Sharks in the summer of 2017. Perhaps it will be what keeps him with San Jose this year too, assuming that he fits into the Sharks' plans.
May 11 - 4:31 PM

It sounds like the San Jose Sharks would like to lock up Tomas Hertl to a long-term contract.

Hertl can become a restricted free agent this summer and Sharks GM Doug Wilson thinks very highly of him. "Tomas is a really important part of how he played is exactly how we expected him," Wilson said. "He stepped it up to the next level. Looking in this league how the game is played, he’s got size, he’s got hockey sense. He’s a guy that is truly a difference maker. I think his game is only going to get better. He’s a big part of this franchise." Hertl had 22 goals and 46 points in 79 regular season games. He found another level in the playoffs with six goals and nine points in 10 contests.
May 9 - 10:43 AM

Marc-Edouard Vlasic will join Canada for the World Hockey Championship, which is already underway in Denmark.

San Jose was eliminated from the playoffs this past Sunday by Vegas, but Vlasic clearly wants to continue playing before entering the off-season.
May 8 - 2:50 PM

Joonas Donskoi was dealing with hip and foot injuries during the postseason.

Donskoi was unable to play in Game 3 against Vegas during the second round and now we know why. He returned for Games 4, 5 and 6 of the series. Donskoi concluded the playoffs with two goals and two assists in nine appearances. He notched 14 goals and 32 points in 66 contests during the regular season.
May 8 - 2:47 PM

Brent Burns was playing through a neck/back issue during the playoffs.

Burns registered three goals and seven points in 10 postseason matches after he had 12 markers and 67 points in 82 contests during the regular season. He will use the summer to recover.
May 8 - 2:43 PM

Joel Ward doesn't expect to be back with the San Jose Sharks next season.

Ward is eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1 and he would like to continue to play in the NHL. He was a healthy scratch in the postseason for the Sharks and recorded 12 points in 52 matches during the regular season.
May 8 - 2:33 PM

Tomas Hertl needs a new contract this off-season.

Hertl can become a restricted free agent this summer and he wants to be back with the Sharks. He registered a personal best 22 goals in 2017-18 and he produced 46 points in 79 contests. Hertl was also superb during San Jose's playoff run with six goals and nine points in 10 outings.
May 8 - 2:30 PM

Joe Thornton would like to return to Sharks next season and he is comfortable with another one-year deal.

Thornton can become an unrestricted free agent in July and he would take a pay cut to stay with San Jose. He also said the injury that kept him on the sidelines since Jan. 23 was the same as last year, but this time his MCL and ACL were torn in his right knee. It was his left knee last campaign.
May 8 - 2:19 PM

Logan Couture would like to sign a long-term extension with the San Jose Sharks.

Couture is eligible to work out a new deal with the Sharks July 1. He still has another season left on his five-year, $30 million contract.
May 8 - 2:15 PM

Joe Thornton will be eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer.

Thornton may not be back with the Sharks next year, especially if he wants to be a top-line player on the team. He also could feel that his chance to win a Stanley Cup could be better elsewhere. Thornton will turn 39 years of age on July 2 and he has been with San Jose since the 2005-06 campaign. He was limited to just 47 contests in 2017-18 and was unable to play in the postseason because of a knee injury.
May 7 - 6:08 PM


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