The San Jose Sharks unloaded Douglas Murray, Michal Handzus and Ryan Clowe down the stretch in 2013, possibly signaling a team in transition, and general manager Doug Wilson remained active on the trade block in the days before the 2013 NHL free agency period commenced. His deal for Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Tyler Kennedy cost San Jose their 50th overall selection in the past draft, but continues to help make the team faster and shortens the rink, much like the trades earlier this year.
“He’s a guy that for us fits perfectly with how we want to play and the type of ingredients that he brings filling out our top nine,” Wilson said, via The Associated Press. “He can go up and down, he plays with an edge, he can score some goals. That’s the type of player we’ve been looking for. Not only additional scoring but maintain the identity that we tried to build with our team the last year in particular.”
However, San Jose has remained relatively quiet in free agency. Perhaps they’re waiting for high-priced vets Patrick Marleau, Dan Boyle, Martin Havlat and Joe Thornton to reach the end of their deals in 2014 before hitting free agency in a big way, but it’s mostly quiet for now.
In the meantime they can take pride in re-signing defenseman Scott Hannan and goaltenders Harri Sateri and Troy Grosenick. Outside of that, it seems to be all about keeping a sleek cap for 2014 as Kennedy and Hannan are nice, somewhat frugal signings at around $1-2 million a year for each.