The San Jose Sharks have made a lot of moves this summer, but industry consensus is that they still have a lot of holes.
Can they fill any of them with what’s left on the unrestricted free agent market?
Not likely: There’s a reason why most of these UFAs are available so late in the off-season. But let’s look at where the Sharks are lacking – and if there’s a glimmer of help to be had in free agency.
First, let’s make sure that they have the money.
In my most recent roster projection, the San Jose Sharks are right at the $82.5 million dollar salary cap. But keep in mind, teams can go 10 percent over the cap in the off-season.
When push comes to shove during final roster cuts, it’s realistic for the Sharks to get immediate cap relief by parting with one of their three goalies and/or defenseman Radim Simek.
At minimum, the San Jose Sharks could clear $2.25 million dollars of space in an instant – say Simek and Adin Hill pass through waivers without being claimed. You can bury up to $1.125 million of a contract in the minors.
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