The Sharks signed five players on Tuesday that are expected to be a part of the inaugural AHL Barracuda roster.
*Bryan Lerg, Worcester’s captain from a year ago, signed a one-year contract. Lerg, a forward was one of the better Sharks stories last season, when the 29-year-old made his NHL debut and scored the game-winning goal in Edmonton on April 9 when the Sharks were already out of playoff contention. He led Worcester in scoring with 41 points last season.
*John McCarthy, Worcester’s all-time leading scorer with 156 points, returns on a one-year contract. The 28-year-old forward was Worcester’s captain in 2012-13, as well as their Team MVP in 2012. He has six points (3g, 3a) in 87 career NHL games with San Jose.
*Patrick McNally, 23, is a defenseman the Sharks acquired from Vancouver at last week’s draft and was signed to a two-year deal. McNally spent the last four years at Harvard, where he had 21 points (6g, 15a) and was a +16 in 21 games last season. “We’re as excited about adding him as just about anybody,” general manager Doug Wilson said after the draft in Florida on Saturday. McNally was drafted by the Canucks in the 4th round in 2010.
*Defenseman Mark Cundari was signed to a one-year contract. The 25-year-old posted 29 points (7g, 22a) and 64 penalty minutes with AHL Adirondack last season, serving as the team’s alternate captain. In 8 career NHL games with Calgary, Cundari has 1 goal and 2 assists.
*Forward Micheal Haley, 29, returned on a one-year contract. Haley had 31 points (18g, 13a) in 68 games with Worcester last season, and in 56 career NHL games with the Rangers, Islanders and Sharks, has 2 goals and 1 assist along with 174 penalty minutes.
The Barracuda will begin play at SAP Center in the fall, after relocating to San Jose as part of the American Hockey League's new Pacific Division.