The Sharks have found their goalie.
Martin Jones, traded from Los Angeles to Boston just four days ago, was acquired by the Sharks on Tuesday morning for a 2016 first round pick and prospect Sean Kuraly (5th round, 2011).
"Martin was at the top of our list of players that we had targeted," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson in a statement. "We're extremely excited to have him on board."
Jones, the backup to Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles for parts of the last two seasons, is 16-11-2 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .923 save percentage in 34 career NHL games. In AHL Manchester, Jones was 84-57-10 with a 2.42 GAA and .920 SP in 158 games over parts of four seasons, and was a two-time All-Star (2014, 2011).
In 2013-14, Jones won the first eight starts of his NHL career tying a league record. Most recently, the North Vancouver, BC native was a part of Team Canada in the 2015 World Championships, winning both of his starts and helping his country to a gold medal.
The 25-year-old stands 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, and is a pending restricted free agent. He made $550,000 last season.
According to Jones' agent, Jarrett Bousquet, the two parties are going back and forth on a "very good offer" from the Sharks, and a contract extension "could be done sooner than later."
Jones, along with prospect Colin Miller and the 13th overall pick in the draft, was traded from the Kings to Boston on Friday in exchange for forward Milan Lucic.
As Wilson indicated, the Sharks had been interested in Jones for some time, and there were discussions with Boston about the deal on the draft floor over the weekend in Florida. The Kings reportedly preferred to send Jones to a Eastern Conference club. Now, Los Angeles could see him again on opening night on Oct. 7, when the Sharks and Kings open the season against one another.
Antti Niemi, the Sharks' starting goalie for the last five seasons, signed a three-year contract with Dallas on Monday.