Sharks sign veteran Ben Guite

The Sharks signed veteran forward Ben Guite to a one year, two-way contract. He’ll earn $525K in the NHL and $105K in the AHL.

Guite spent last season playing for the Blue Jackets organization. In 72 games with Springfield of the AHL last year, he had 17 goals, 30 assists, 91 penalty minutes, and a +12 rating. He also served as the captain of the team.

Guite last played in the NHL on January 9, 2010 for the Predators. He’s a similar player to Andrew Murray. They both kill penalties, both are very physical, both are good defensively, they both spent last season in the Blue Jackets organization, and both have very limited offensive upside. Guite only has 45 points in 175 career NHL games.  He’s a big forward, but he doesn’t fight much. Coincidentally, his only NHL fight was against Kent Huskins, a former Shark that signed with the Blues earlier this month. Guite, like Murray, will have to earn his roster spot during training camp. If he does make the team, it will be either as a fourth liner or an extra forward.

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