Sharks sign some of their free agents

By Gabe Myles

The Sharks will be keeping some of their free agents around for at least another season.

Benn Ferriero, John McCarthy, Frazer McLaren and Sean Sullivan were all signed to one year contracts. All of them are two-way deals.

Ferriero’s deal pays him $605K in the NHL and $95K in the AHL. The casual fan may know Ferriero because of his overtime playoff goal in Game 1 against the Red Wings. He split time with Worcester and San Jose last season. In 33 NHL games, he had five goals and four assists. He played in eight playoff games and had one goal. He had 16 goals and 17 assists in 43 games for Worcester. Ferriero really isn’t skilled enough to be on one of the top two lines for San Jose, but he really isn’t suited for a bottom six role either. He will compete for a roster spot during training camp. Ferriero was a restricted free agent.

McCarthy’s contract is worth $525K in the NHL and $105K in the AHL. He played 37 games in the NHL last season and had two goals and two assists. He had seven goals and five assists in 25 games for Worcester. He will battle for a bottom line role in training camp. McCarthy was a restricted free agent.

McLaren’s contract is worth $575K in the NHL and $105K in the AHL. In nine NHL games last season, he had 22 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating. In 40 games for Worcester, he had two goals, two assists, 71 penalty minutes and a minus-9 rating. He battled injuries last season, and he was not the same player because of them. He’s an enforcer that does not have much offensive ability. He will fight (no pun intended) for a spot in training camp, but whether he makes the team or not will depend on whether or not the Sharks want to use a roster spot on an enforcer. McLaren was a restricted free agent.

Sullivan’s contract is worth $525K in the NHL and $105K in the AHL. In his first season with the Sharks organization, he played 73 games for Worcester. He had 12 goals, 23 assists and 46 penalty minutes. He’s a depth defenseman that will almost certainly start the season in Worcester. He’s never played in the NHL before, and it will probably take a few injuries in order to get a shot. He was an unrestricted free agent, but he decided to stay put.

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