Getting knocked out in five games of last year’s post-season didn’t scare San Jose away from changing their team during the off-season. As a matter of fact it looks as if they want to keep their team the same after recently re-signing four players.
Re-signing TJ Galiardi who didn’t bring a lot to the table for San Jose in the offensive category last season scoring only nine goals and six assists, was a major asset in another area of the game.
Galiardi’s 110 hits in 69 games last season was the second-highest on the team adding some much needed physical play to the Sharks offensive lines.
San Jose re-signed Galiardi to a one-year contract with the financial aspect not being announced yet. The one-year contract will be a good test of his fit on the team since last year he spent most of his season in Colorado.
San Jose has re-signed another major forward scrapper for one-year. Frazer McLaren only played seven games for San Jose last season but was a nightmare for opposing teams everywhere in the American Hockey League for the Worcester Sharks.
He set all-time franchise records for most penalty minutes (490) and fighting majors (47.) With a successful physical season in San Jose’s AHL affiliate Worcester last year, the six-foot-five, 250 pound forward McLaren could be seen in more than seven games this coming season.
Now a player McLaren is very familiar with has also been re-signed with San Jose. John McCarty signed a two-year contract with the Sharks after a very successful offensive season with the Worcester Sharks last year. He led the Worcester Sharks with 20 goals and 47 points in only 65 games played.
The experienced 25-year old McCarty played in 10 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks last year but has also played a career 51 games in San Jose and continues to show an increasing talent.
After re-signing three worthy potential forwards they knew they couldn’t let one player in particular drift away from the organization.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic has been a large part of the Sharks team for the past six seasons. He led the team’s defense in the plus/minus category with a +11 and was third overall on the team. His career impressive +62 plus/minus rating shows consistency over the years of helping keep the puck put of his own net and being out there while it goes in the opponent’s.
The Sharks gave the 25-year old a five-year contract extension without the financial part not being released yet. What is important though is that San Jose’s most reliable defensive defenseman will be with them for years to come.
Re-signing two aggressive forwards and a defenseman who puts his own scoring stats second on his list of game importance could be signs of two things.
First, it shows confidence and pride in the team they had last season and is looking to build off of that.
Second, they are content with their offensive numbers and may not be looking to add a big name or big money contracts. This could include a possible shooting down of Columbus Blue Jackets’ Rick Nash offer/statement of willingness to join the boys in blue.