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Free Agency Buzz: Sharks Trying To Catch Stephenson, Toffoli?



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Here’s a running diary of what I’m hearing about the San Jose Sharks on Day 1 of free agency.

2:49 PM

2:30 PM

Was thinking the Sharks could use a puck-mover, so checked in on Adam Boqvist, but nothing doing there right now.

2:10 PM

One thing I was curious about that I checked in on, not sure if Akim Aliu is returning the San Jose Sharks organization.

12:59 PM

Ex-Shark Kaapo Kahkonen going to the Jets for one year, $1 million, per Friedman.

12:48 PM

Another big Sharks signing! Per Elliotte Friedman, they got Alexander Wennberg for two years, $5 million AAV.

BREAKING: Sharks Sign Wennberg

12:45 PM

We’re getting to the AHL signings portion of Day 1 on free agency. Sharks clearly need a No. 3 goalie in the system. However, I don’t think Chris Driedger, who led the Coachella Valley Firebirds to the Calder Cup Final, is in the cards.

11:57 AM

Per Puckpedia, Jacob MacDonald is headed back to the Colorado Avalanche.

11:04 AM

Former Sharks draft pick Ben Gaudreau signs an AHL contract.

10:48 AM

Ex-Shark Anthony Duclair going to the New York Islanders for four years.

10:47 AM

I’m told that the Sharks and Chandler Stephenson never got as far as talking particulars of a contract, which makes sense, considering what he ultimately got. He was the right kind of player for the Sharks though, skilled, true two-way, and a winner — and willing to join a rebuild — absolutely the type of guy that you should at least kick the tires on.

10:45 AM

From Devin Cooley, via text, to Sharks fans:

10:23 AM

As of now, I don’t think the Sharks have reached out on Jeff Skinner.

10:22 AM

In this stage of the rebuild, no way should Sharks match this, as good as Stephenson is:

10:14 AM

From what I’m hearing, the Sharks didn’t reach out on either Steven Stamkos or Jeff Skinner. Stamkos was a pipe dream anyway, I doubt he was coming to a rebuilding squad, and Skinner probably also looking to hook on with a contender.

10:03 AM

Could change, but right now, I expect both Ryan Carpenter and Jacob MacDonald to leave the Sharks organization.

9:27 AM

Thought a reunion could work, but the Sharks are not in on Stefan Noesen.

9:19 AM

Los Gatos native Devin Cooley is joining Gilroy native Dustin Wolf in Calgary.

BREAKING: Cooley Signs With Flames

9:10 AM

San Jose “was not a destination for” Sean Walker, per source. They need someone like that, but the better defensemen in the market are very in demand.

9:03 AM

The Sharks are out on Stephenson, per source. Center is so in demand, I would guess Stephenson is going to get quite a contract.

8:36 AM

Tyler Toffoli is coming to the Sharks! Kevin Weekes confirms it, Dan Powers was early on it, and Elliotte Friedman was first to mention.

BREAKING: Sharks Sign Toffoli to Big Contract

8:32 AM

One thing I’m curious about, my theory is that the Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks, both rebuilding around No. 1 picks, are chasing some of the same players. However, that wasn’t the case with Tyler Bertuzzi, San Jose wasn’t after him.

7:48 AM

My understanding is Stephenson wouldn’t rule out signing with a rebuilding team. That said, a top center is always very in demand, and my guess is San Jose Sharks would have to overpay. Not sure if the franchise is ready for that. Toffoli, a winger, would be a more realistic catch.

7:43 AM

Possible good fits in San Jose? I’m still pounding the Cam Atkinson drum, though Toffoli could negate that.

How about puck-mover Oliver Kylington?

7:25 AM

San Jose Hockey Now is hearing that the San Jose Sharks have reached out on Chandler Stephenson. Along with the Toffoli news, it sounds like the Sharks are trying to be real players this Jul. 1.

5:58 AM

Elliotte Friedman says “a few sources think San Jose snares [Tyler Toffoli] to entice Macklin Celebrini.

1:30 AM

Jacob MacDonald, unlike Justin Bailey, will hit the open market:

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Boy, Toffoli and Stephenson would be pretty nice pickups. I’ve always liked teravainen as well but would guess Grier is looking for someone a bit heavier than him. Hard to imagine the price he’ll have to pay to get one of these guys to sign.


Toffoli and Stephenson are my personal top targets up front, they seem like the high end of the range that Grier has a shot at getting. Most importantly, both already have cups. Anyone over 30 who hasn’t won and is halfway decent probably isn’t landing in SJ, unless they’ve also never been paid big like Walker or Joshua.


The Sharks challenge is most FA’s want to get paid on longer term deals. Grier is only willing to give a modest amount of term, though he can pay up.

Stevenson is 30 and this is his 1st UFA shot. I suspect he can get a 6 year deal from someone. Toffoli is 32 and probably on his last major UFA shot, 3-4 years is more realistic in his case, but 5 isn’t out of the question.


If Walker isn’t an option, pickings are getting very slim. It’s pretty much just Carrier and Dumba left, and I don’t know that Dumba is enough of an upgrade over Benning or Rutta to bother.

Gary Caldwell

The only upside I could see with Dumba is that he’s younger than Rutta. But at this point SJ could just let Rutta’s contract play out and take a run at another player later in the season or even next year.


Alexandre Carrier hasn’t actually signed in Nashville yet despite reports they were close … and NSH’s war chest got seriously depleted today.


Weinberg just signed?

Rob Schaefer

Since we don’t seem to be in the hunt for one of the more prominent right-handed defensemen… what about Tony DeAngelo. Looking to rebuild his career reputation. Perhaps he could quarterback the power play?

David Gotlieb

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