2011 Offseason: Important players signed for 2011-12

By Gabe Myles

The Sharks have 14 players that can realistically make the opening day roster signed for this upcoming season. They are:

Dany Heatley ($7.5M)
Joe Thornton ($7M)
Patrick Marleau ($6.9M)
Dan Boyle ($6.666667M)
Joe Pavelski ($4M)
Antti Niemi ($3.8M)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic ($3.1M)
Douglas Murray ($2.5M)
Antero Niittymaki ($2M)
Torrey Mitchell ($1.366667M)
Jason Demers ($1.25M)
Logan Couture ($1.241667M)
Justin Braun ($875K)

The Sharks have $51,825,000 of cap space taken up by 14 players. The cap could go as high as $63.5M, so they may have over $11M to spend on six or more players. Devin Setoguchi, Ian White and Kyle Wellwood are the big free agents that the Sharks have to make a decision on.

These numbers (thanks to CapGeek as always) assume that the Sharks do not trade or buy out anyone. Those possibilities will be discussed in a later post.

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