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SJHN Daily: Viel Not Coming Back, How Bad Are Sharks’ 2024 Stanley Cup Odds?



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The San Jose Sharks will not bring back Jeffrey Viel.

The Athletic’s Corey Masisak reported this on Twitter yesterday. Ordinarily the 26-year-old winger would have become a restricted free agent, however he met the qualifications to become a Group VI UFA. Via PuckPedia, here are those parameters: “A player becomes a Group 6 UFA if they are 25, completed 3 or more professional seasons, has a contract expiring, and has played less than 80 NHL Games.”

San Jose Hockey Now can confirm the Athletic’s report.

Viel spent most of his 2022-23 season with the San Jose Barracuda, serving as alternate captain. He tallied 15 goals, 31 points, and 150 penalty minutes, and was an invaluable middle-six winger.

In 49 NHL contests over three seasons with the San Jose Sharks, Viel has three goals, five points, and 139 penalty minutes.

Many may remember Viel showing major guts and taking on Zdeno Chara in a scrap in 2021-22.

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The San Jose Barracuda signed Viel out of the QMJHL on Jun. 2018. After an impressive pro debut, the Sharks signed Viel to an NHL contract the next year.

It shouldn’t be hard for Viel to find work — he’s an impactful AHL forward and a strong locker room presence in any league.

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