5 Free Agents The San Jose Sharks Should Still Consider Signing

By Bradley Phillipps

5 Free Agents the San Jose Sharks Should Still Consider Signing

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The San Jose Sharks made an impact during free agency when they signed Paul Martin and Joel Ward. These signings helped solidify a team that is looking to return to the playoffs next year. The Sharks look ready for the season to start but that doesn't mean the team is perfect. There are still holes that the Sharks could fill if they want to contend for a Stanley Cup next season.

5. Marek Zidlicky

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5. Marek Zidlicky

Marek Zidlicky Detroit Red Wings San Jose Sharks Free Agency
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The biggest hole on the Sharks' roster is their defense. They don't have a player that can complete the defense on the third pairing. Zidlicky is capable of being that guy as he is still a good top-four option in the NHL. Since he is available in August, he could be signed for cheap to give the Sharks their deepest defense in years.

4. Lubomir Visnovsky

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4. Lubomir Visnovsky

Lubomir Visnovsky New York Islanders San Jose Sharks Free Agency
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Visnovsky is old and injury-prone but he is a good risk to take because even at his age he can still play. Last year at the age of 38, he played at the level of a typical top-pairing defenseman. So signing Visnovsky will give the Sharks the perfect mentor for their younger defensemen on the team while completing their defense.

3. Christian Ehrhoff

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3. Christian Ehrhoff

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Although the Sharks would have trouble fitting Ehrhoff under the cap, the former Shark is the best addition this team could ask for. Ehrhoff is one of the best defenseman on the market despite battling injury issues last year. He is also familiar with some players on the Sharks, so he could fit in well. The problem is the two sides left on not-so-nice terms, meaning Ehrhoff might not want to play in San Jose.

2. Vladimir Tkachev

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2. Vladimir Tkachev

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Since the Sharks have about million in cap space; their best bet is to sign an undrafted prospect. Vladimir Tkachev is one of the best in this category. At 5-foot-8, it's easy to see why he went undrafted, but he is ultra-skilled and was a big part of the Quebec Remparts team that hosted this year's Memorial Cup. If Tkachev can add enough strength to hang in the NHL, he will be an offensive force.

1. Dany Heatley

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1. Dany Heatley

Dany Heatley San Jose Sharks Free Agency
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Tell me why the Sharks shouldn't bring back an all-time great that can be signed for cheap. Even if he is immediately demoted to the ECHL, at least we get to relive the glory days of Dany Heatley as a San Jose Shark. When will the Sharks ever get an opportunity like this again? I mean, with their limited cap space, they will have to get creative if they want to sign any free agent.

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