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What I’m Hearing on Day 1 of Free Agency: Sharks Sign Lindblom, Sturm, Nutivaara, Benning



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2:50 PM

Correction, got bad info about this:

2:30 PM

1:59 PM

Thought Mattias Janmark could be a fit for the San Jose Sharks — was told no.

1:14 PM

Checking up on Rodrigues, he’s not coming to the Sharks.

1:05 PM

Was reaching because the Sharks need forwards, but Stastny to the Sharks isn’t happening. Forwards going fast though. Kubalik went for what I thought was a bargain rate.

12:39 PM

12:30 PM

Picking up a lot of useful info on Lorentz and Makiniemi. One source is really, really high on the goalie, which I’ll share soon. Another source not so much.

11:21 AM

It’s a two-year deal.

11:10 AM

10:40 AM

I’m told by the way that the market is slow on Jonathan Dahlen right now. Doesn’t mean it can’t pick up fast.

10:28 AM

Hearing San Jose Sharks non-qualified RFA Zach Sawchenko should sign elsewhere today. Good news for you Chunko fans!

10:05 AM

9:56 AM

Source tells me that Sharks haven’t reached out on Colin Miller yet…but with Burns going to Carolina, maybe they should.

9:54 AM

9:52 AM

Hearing that the Carolina Hurricanes were on Brent Burns’s three-team trade list. So it doesn’t need his approval at the moment.

9:47 AM

The San Jose Sharks haven’t checked in on Mason Marchment. Might be out of their budgetary range?

9:45 AM

The San Jose Sharks, a source says, “are very interested” in Frank Vatrano. Vatrano was highly-regarded by scouts in my free agency preview:

Scouts Talk Sensible Free Agents for Sharks

9:35 AM

I saw a fit with the Sharks and Paul Stastny, but nothing there so far, I think.

9:26 AM

REPORT: Sharks Close to Trading Burns to Carolina

9 AM

SJHN Daily: Labanc on Trade Block, Sommer Leaves Sharks

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david barnard

Vatrano signed with ANA for $3.65Mx3 years. still don’t see him worth over twice the cost of Balcers.

Last edited 30 days ago by david barnard
david barnard

Lindblom signs for $2.5Mx2. used in Philly as a #5-11 F against middle 6 F/bottom pair D comp. his ice time started out last season at 14.4 mins., peaked mid season at 16-ish mins., and ended the season down to 11.5 mins. ATOI.

he’ll get more of an opportunity with this bad Sharks team. seems like that’s a consistent theme with the players the Sharks are picking up for this coming season.

Balcers put up 3 fewer points at almost a mil cheaper.

Last edited 29 days ago by david barnard

maybe some of these players didn’t want to buy in to the constant grind low pay when others don’t sacrifice. As you know not a Karlsson fan and I see these guys like Mario, Balcers, Reedy, Magna etc that play hard and get paid diddly squat while Karlsson can’t push anyone out from the net won’t hit anyone won’t sacrifice body to block a shot because he’s so damn fragile. Balcers will get a good deal and probably blossom. I’m worried about Lindblom’s health especially since he’s been vax. I see him on LTIR sometime within a year. Oh well.… Read more »

david barnard

Lindblom played 79 games last season, so he looks clear of his health problems for now.

david barnard

Stastny’s days at center are over. he’s lost too much speed.

Flavor Flav

I know it’s not SJ related but what Detroit is doing is pretty exciting to watch for what seem to be intelligent moves. They aren’t going after the biggest names but what appear to be good fits for the price. They’ve still got plenty of cap room but maybe they don’t use too much more of it to allow for extensions to Larkin and Bertuzzi after this year. Detroit seems to be making their big moves this year. They went out and got their 1a goalie in Husso until Sebastian Cossa takes over. Signed Andrew Copp to be their #2… Read more »

david barnard

Sharks sign Nico Sturm for $2M AAV?

david barnard

Nutivaara and Benning signed as well. Nutivaara is an interesting case coming off a lost season to injury/surgery in FLA. both guys are strong defensively, big D players.

Sad Shark Fan

Sturm, ranked 149 out of 210 players in expected goals in the playoffs, yet receives a 2x raise.

I think the bottom 6 is set and hey, options!

Benning 5/6 d man, maybe pk
Nutivaara 5/6 d man, maybe pp

what’s that leave for the top 4 D?

david barnard

for now i have the D as: Ferraro-Karlsson Vlasic-Merkley Nutivaara-Benning Megna F: Meier-Hertl-Barabanov Eklund-Couture-Kunin Lindblom-Bonino-Labanc Nieto-Sturm-Reedy/Gadjovich/Lorentz KL could be traded. Reedy could be sent down to Cuda. depending on Bordeleau’s camp they could put him between 2 of the vets or on wing if they want more skill in the lineup. i’m waiting on Lorentz’ contract to see if they intend to play him on the big club or not. the rest of the new players they definitely intend on playing with the Sharks. i’m really shaky on Bonino as 3C but i’m not sure what they’re going to do… Read more »


Sheng, I saw your tweet regarding Grier saying they were talking about Dylan Strome.
Now that this day is done, when can they sign him if they intend to??
I’d like to see Grier bring both Ryan and Dylan here. Of course, after we make some trades.

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