SAN JOSE – The Sharks have signed forward Tyler Kennedy to a two-year contract and defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year deal, the team announced on Friday.
According to reports, Kennedy’s deal is worth $4.7 million ($2.35 annually), and Hannan’s $1 million.
Kennedy was a restricted free agent that the Sharks acquired on Sunday at the NHL Draft from Pittsburgh in exchange for a second round pick. The Penguins qualified him before he agreed to a deal with the Sharks.
“I wanted to get something done, and so did they,” said the 26-year-old Kennedy. “It came together pretty quick, actually.”
Kennedy, who spent the first six seasons of his NHL career with the Penguins, had six goals and five assists for 11 points in 46 games last season. He added two goals and three assists in nine playoff games.
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Hannan, who was drafted by the Sharks in 1997 and re-acquired from Nashville just before the trade deadline last season, had one assist and 22 penalty minutes in 33 regular season games with the Predators and Sharks. The 34-year-old played in all 11 playoff games, primarily paired with Brad Stuart, and tallied four assists.
He was asked how he was able to settle in after getting into just four regular season games after the trade to San Jose.
“I think it was a lot of things," Hannan said. "I felt comfortable in that situation, and I think the coaches and the way they treated me, and knowing a lot of guys on the team. I’ve been there before. As an older player, I just came in and played my game. On that team and such a great organization and great group of guys, it just seemed like an easy fit.”
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The Sharks made Logan Couture’s previously reported five-year, $30 million contract official on Friday. Couture’s extension includes a “very limited” no trade clause.
The free agency signing period began at 9 a.m. PST on Friday. Goaltender Thomas Greiss, who acted as Antti Niemi’s backup in 2013, signed a one-year deal with Phoenix, according to reports.
The Sharks signed Alex Stalock to a one-year contract on Friday, and Stalock has the inside edge to become Niemi’s backup in 2013-14.
Ryane Clowe, who was traded by the Sharks to the New York Rangers just prior to the trade deadline, signed a five-year contract with the New Jersey Devils worth a reported $4.85 million annually. That means the conditional pick coming to the Sharks in 2014 from the Rangers is in the fifth round. Had Clowe re-signed with the Rangers, it would have been a second round pick.
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Judging by general manager Doug Wilson’s comments, it sounds as if the club is through adding players via the free agent market, at least in the immediate future.
“We don’t want to have a piece come in which forces a piece out when we can wait and be patient and add something that adds to our team in season,” Wilson said. “As you’ve seen this past year, there’s a lot of very good players that become available as the season progresses.”
Is the roster set?
“Our roster is not set; our roster is set to start the year. You spend your money in certain ways, taking care of our own people. … What we’ve been able to do is maintain our position to add to this team going forward, and we will. We added some players in season, we want to give some of our younger players an opportunity. [Tomas] Hertl we’re very high on, obviously, and we think he’ll come in and play very well.”
The Sharks will hold a development camp next week, with Hertl, 2013 first round pick Mirco Mueller, and several other of the club’s top prospects in attendance. A scrimmage will take place on July 11 at 7 p.m. at Sharks Ice.
Wilson said: “There’s a group of guys there that deserve the opportunity to say, ‘I’m going to come in to compete and take a spot,’ and if they can come in and take a spot, great. We want them to do that. But we will also have room and assets to spend to add some assets in season.”