Player News - Sharks

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Matt Irwin may test the market as an unrestricted free agent.

He played better in the second half and could probably get more money in free agency than if he stayed with San Jose. Irwin recorded 19 points, 55 hits and 65 blocks in 53 games in 2014-15.
Jun 1 - 4:25 PM

Scott Hannan would like to continue his NHL career, but it might not come with San Jose.

The Sharks probably won't bring him back for another season. There's also a chance that Hannan could change his mind and retire if he doesn't get much interest as a free agent. In 58 games this past campaign, the 36-year-old defender posted seven points and 69 blocks, while averaging 16:18 of ice time.
Jun 1 - 4:12 PM

Antti Niemi will probably be allowed to walk as an unrestricted free agent next month.

He played five seasons with the Sharks and his worst came in 2014-15. Niemi posted a 31-23-7 record to go with a .914 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average. San Jose is expected to look elsewhere for crease options and Niemi will probably be able to find a job on another team.
Jun 1 - 4:07 PM

The Sharks made it official on Thursday and introduced Peter DeBoer as their new head coach.

According to TSN, DeBoer received a four-year deal from San Jose. He was fired by New Jersey in December after a rough start to the season and will be tasked with getting the Sharks back on track after a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.
May 28 - 5:04 PM

Peter DeBoer will be the next head coach of the San Jose Sharks, according to reports.

DeBoer was fired 36 games into the 2014-15 campaign after a 12-17-7 start to the season. The Devils missed the playoffs two straight years after losing in the Stanley Cup Final against Los Angeles. The Sharks and ex-coach Todd McLellan parted ways after the 2014-15 season after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.
May 27 - 1:41 PM

Joonas Donskoi has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.

Donskoi was originally taken by the Florida Panthers with the 99th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, but he didn't sign with the club. Instead he remained with Karpat of the Finnish league where he continued to hone his game. He set career-highs in 2014-15 with 19 goals and 49 points in 58 Finnish contests. He'll be worth keeping an eye on during training camp and October as he might end up having a bit of fantasy value in standard leagues.
May 19 - 1:44 PM

Brent Burns was named the top defenseman at the 2015 World Hockey Championship.

Burns turned in a dominant effort throughout the whole tournament. The Sharks defenseman finished the tournament with an impressive 10 points and a gold medal with Team Canada.
May 17 - 5:51 PM

According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the San Jose Sharks want to give Peter DeBoer a second interview, as they continue to look for a new head coach.

Dreger also said that the Oilers had been in discussion with DeBoer but that they are now likely to hire Todd McLellan as their next head coach. Dan Bylsma, Randy Carlyle and Dave Lowry are also in the mix for the Sharks job.
May 17 - 1:16 PM

Ben Smith tied Team USA's match with Team Switzerland at one midway through Thursday's quarterfinal game.

It was Smith's second goal and point of the tournament. The 26-year-old forward scored seven goals and 14 points in 80 games between Chicago and San Jose this past season.
May 14 - 10:39 PM

The San Jose Sharks have a new lease agreement with the SAP Center that could keep the keep at the arena until 2040.

The agreement will be for at least 10 years with the possibility of lasting until 2040 through a series of one year extensions. "I'm thrilled to be able to say that the San Jose Sharks will be staying right here in their home of San Jose," San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said. The Sharks and the city of San Jose will split the costs of upgrades.
May 9 - 8:39 AM

Former Florida Panthers and most recently New Jersey Devils bench boss Peter DeBoer appears to be drawing interest from two west coast teams, the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers.

Of course, several coaches are drawing interest for the vacant head coaching jobs in San Jose and Edmonton but DeBoer has a bit of a unique resume. He coached a very young and raw Panthers club from 2008-10, posting a 103-107-36 record. And he coached a largely veteran Devils club from 2011-2015, posting a 114-93-41 record and his only playoff appearance, falling to the LA Kings during the Stanley Cup final in six games in 2012. DeBoer will turn just 47 years old in June.
May 8 - 8:14 PM

The San Jose Sharks will continue to call the SAP Center home for at least 10 more years, the mayor of San Jose, and Sharks owner Hasso Plattner confirmed in a press conference today.

While the current lease wasn't set to expire until June 30th, 2018, Plattner said that he "never, ever entertained any discussions with those folks as long as we had a chance to come to a decent agreement here." Financial terms will not be announced until they are approved by a city council meeting on May 19th. The lease will run at a fixed term through the 2024-25 season, with the potential to be extended through the year 2040.
Source: Kevin Kurz
May 8 - 6:33 PM

Brent Burns has been named as a finalist for the NHL Foundation Player Award, which is presented to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey -- commitment, perseverance and teamwork -- to enrich the lives of people in his community."

Burns may have had a career year with 17 goals (second best), 43 assists and 60 points through all 82 games with the San Jose Sharks this season but that's not why he's been nominated. Burns has been an important contributor to such charities as the Defending the Blue Line, Operation: Care and Comfort, and Folds of Honor. Which is in addition to his own "Burnzie's Buzzcut", where he and his teammates shave their heads to raise funds for a specific beneficiary such as the San Francisco Zoo and the Katie Moore Foundation in support of close friend and former teammate Dominic Moore.
May 1 - 7:41 PM

The Sharks might opt to buy out Adam Burish over the summer.

San Jose already tried placing him on waivers, but there were no takers. Burish still has one year left on his contract with a cap hit of $1.85 million. He had a goal and three points in 20 contests in 2014-15.
Apr 29 - 5:55 AM

The San Jose Sharks and pending UFA netminder Antti Niemi have had "no serious discussions" on a possible new contract.

Niemi, who is coming off a four-year pact that saw him ding the salary cap at $3.8M per season, has compiled a 190-100-40 record with a .916 save percentage 2.39 GAA over five seasons with the Sharks since being poached from the Chicago Blackhawks. Niemi will turn 32 years old in August.
Source: Kevin Kurz
Apr 28 - 6:39 PM

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