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Scouts Talk Sensible Free Agents for Sharks

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Mike Grier wasn’t lying.

“We don’t have a ton of money to throw around,” the new San Jose Sharks GM admitted of free agency, set to begin at 9 AM PT on Jul. 13.

Grier on Parting With Wilson Jr., Sharks’ Free Agency Approach, Adding Weight (+)

However, the Sharks have more money available than you might think.

At the moment, with Rudolfs Balcers’s buyout, and keeping Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Radim Simek, San Jose Hockey Now is projecting that the Sharks have about 11 million dollars of cap space. This is leaving two forward spots open, but before retaining RFAs Mario Ferraro, Kaapo Kahkonen, Luke Kunin, and Noah Gregor.

Here’s how I get that figure. The salary cap, by the way, is $82.5 million for 2022-23:

I know the San Jose Sharks have other RFAs to ink like Sasha Chmelevski and Jonah Gadjovich. Neither is waiver-exempt. Meanwhile, signed Sharks like Jasper Weatherby and Scott Reedy are waiver-exempt. Jeffrey Viel is not. But none of these AAVs will clear over a million dollars, so they’re all fairly interchangeable when it comes to constructing a roster of 13 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goalies.

Kahkonen’s cap hit is projected to be similar to James Reimer’s, so let’s assume Reimer is dealt and Kahkonen takes his contract slot. It could be Adin Hill traded as well. And let’s say Ferraro, Kunin, and Gregor come in at about $7 million AAV combined.

Of course, this doesn’t account for how the Evander Kane grievance will resolve itself. Also, my best guess still is that Simek gets dealt before the beginning of training camp. Brent Burns could be traded at some point too. It’s also worth noting that you can go 10 percent over the salary cap in the off-season.

But for now – by my reckoning, the San Jose Sharks will have about $3 to $4 million dollars to play with in free agency tomorrow. And more if you can swap out Simek for a lower-cost depth defender.

That’s not a lot, but you can still improve your team with that much cap space. Safe to say, the Sharks aren’t fishing for the big free agency catches like Johnny Gaudreau and company. But can the Sharks lure some good help on the cheap?

I spoke with two NHL scouts about 20-plus forwards and a handful of defensemen, skaters like Mason Marchment and Dylan Strome and Max Domi and Dominik Kubalik and Brendan Lemieux and more.

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david barnard

they’ve got to move Simek.

maybe swing on Mush’s kid?

i know ppl will swoon over Vatrano, but i question how much of an upgrade he is over Balcers. the guy was playing between absolute studs with the NYR. looking at Blacers/Vatrano’s PS and you lose some DPS with Vatrano and gain some OPS, but they’re both really close.

Zeke

Interesting news on Evander (tweeted out by Evander, no less), 4 yr deal at just over $5mil per with EDM. Not sure if its signed or if they’ll wait it out for the arbitrator to make a ruling, but it sounds like a done deal. And even if it isn’t done, I have to think the arbitrator probably has to take that into full consideration. Bottom line, sounds to me like the Sharks are mostly off the hook, given they could bury Kane in the AHL for a bit under $6mil. Worst case scenario starting to look like they might… Read more »

Zeke

Should mention, this is based on something Sheng reported on previously, someone supposedly in the know had said Kane couldn’t double dip. That is, get paid more in total than he’d make if the Sharks had kept him.

As long as that was accurate, there’s a ton less to negotiate. If it wasn’t accurate and Kane can get his EDM salary and potentially a full Sharks salary, all bets remain off.

But at this point, I’m thinking this has ‘final settlement coming soon’ written all over it.

Gary Caldwell

ESPN is reporting it as being done at $5.125M. I’m a big fan of not having to pay Kane anything, but since it’s not my money a $350K annual payout wouldn’t be the worst outcome for SJ.

david barnard

don’t forget to factor in what he made from EDM last season, plus what the Sharks paid him up to his termination.

James

If we are finally going to be a team that’s tough to play against, Mason Marcent and Nick Delauriers would fit in perfect and bring that abrasive style to compliment our skill players and allow them time and space.

timorous me

Deslauriers is a guy with basically no offensive ability, just physicality, so there’s no need for him. With Kunin and Gadjovich we should be just fine in the physicality department. On that note, please no to Lemieux!

Marchment could be good because he can bring a combination of skill and toughness, but I also think there’s real concern that he’ll get a contract that he just isn’t good enough to live up to in terms of production.

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