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BREAKING: Sharks Sign Emberson

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The San Jose Sharks aren’t going to arbitration.

Defenseman Ty Emberson had filed for arbitration on Jul. 6, but instead of going to a hearing, the Sharks and Emberson agreed to a contract today.

Per Elliotte Friedman, Emberson has re-signed with the San Jose Sharks for one year, $950,000.

Emberson, 24, is a 6-foot-2 defensive defenseman who made his NHL debut last season with the Sharks.

Claimed off waivers from the New York Rangers in training camp, the right-hander was a revelation when he played, but had trouble staying healthy, appearing in just 30 games. He put up a goal and nine assists.

“Ty is a solid stay-at-home defenseman who uses his body to be hard on pucks and out-work opponents in his own zone,” San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier said in a team press release. “He is effective in penalty kill situations and is disciplined in his on-ice play.”

Emberson should have a good opportunity to establish himself as a full-time NHL’er this coming season.

After Mario Ferraro, Jake Walman, and Jan Rutta, the San Jose Sharks don’t have a lot of surefire everyday NHL defensemen. San Jose also isn’t deep on the right side: At the moment, Emberson, Rutta, and Matt Benning, who’s coming off a serious hip injury, are the Sharks’ only righties.

So this is Emberson’s big chance. Puckpedia notes that he will become a UFA if he doesn’t play 50 games this season.

 

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mknepper

Love that they are bringing him back. He was good when he had a chance to play and if he continues where he left off could be a dependable right defenseman for years to come. I am hoping GMMG is still going to add to the backend before training camp. Looks like Cody Ceci might be on the block. He is a six foot two over two hundred pound right handed defensive defenseman who played top four minutes for Edmonton last season and was a key piece in their playoff run. Looks like a cap casualty for a cap strapped… Read more »

Fin Coe

I’m with you on most of this but what do you like about Ceci? I’ve never been a huge fan of his, and that Ceci-Nurse pairing was pilloried by their own fanbase, especially in the playoffs.

SJShorky

Ceci is awful. He better come with a significant sweetener.

The Masala Slapper

For real – I’m not coming near this player unless I’m getting paid for it. Besides, don’t we already have fumbling depth defensemen of our own?

The Masala Slapper

Broberg’s not going anywhere. He’s an in-house 1st rounder, cost controlled, 23 and just had a solid playoff for a team that made the finals. Edmonton needs D and has no cap. Not to mention that poaching an RFA like that usually costs you, big time.

Fin Coe

So if he plays less than 50 NHL games, he’ll become a Group 6 UFA (like Jeffrey Viel a while back), but if he plays 50 or more he’ll stay an RFA come next contract?
Well then, this contract makes sense – if he’s healthy enough to keep, then you retain RFA control. If he misses more than 32 games, well, that’s probably reason enough to let him walk.

SJShorky

Does the games played stipulation slide if he’s injured most of the season again?

jamnjon

Not from anything I’ve read. The rule is you’re a group 6 UFA on contract expiration if you have fewer than 80 NHL games played by the time you’re at least 25 and you have at least three professional seasons (includes AHL/ECHL/international). There’s no stipulation for injury which makes sense considering there were a lot of seasons to reach the 80 game threshold prior to this one.

Puckpedia page on UFA rules

Last edited 6 days ago by jamnjon
SJShorky

Thanks! Really hope he gets to 50 games then. Seemed like a perfect RD to pair with all the more offensive LDs in the system.

Clark

So many ways this team can go this year. It will be competitive at camp as GMMG says both for forwards and d. A few guys will probably have to go through waivers to be sent down, but let the best man win.

The Masala Slapper

At first I didn’t understand why it felt like Grier was hoarding depth guys. Now I think it’s as you said – he’s incentivizing competition and wants to make it hard to get on this roster.

It’s a great thing when you’re not counting on, say, a Thomas Bordeleau or a Henry Thrun to “be something”. The system is getting stronger. If they can’t hack it, off they go.

maxi

so he got ~80K more from the original QO, that’s something

Zeke

Was noticing just how many ex-Sharks are in the organization, and it does concern me that too many voices are coming from the good old days.

Mike Grier
Ryane Clowe
Mike Ricci

John McCarthy
Evgeni Nabokov

and unofficially (though they did coach at the prospects game)

Joe Thornton
Patrick Marleau

I’m sure many would like to see Pavs back in the fold as well.

I have great admiration for these players and what they accomplished not very long ago, but I’m wondering if there might be more blindspots because of this.

Rothgar

I have the opposite view. To me, these are the core that created & sustained a winning culture for 15 yrs. Yes they never won it all & I am sure they are constantly reminded of that fact. However, knowing how hard it was/is to win in the NHL, these old-timers can impart their share wisdom & the pitfalls they endured during their careers to the next generation. In this way, the next generation is better prepared and perhaps has a better understanding just how difficult & hard it is to win a Cup. Also this is the only way… Read more »

Arch Mickel

Does it not speak to a deep love of the organization? Listening to Clowe, it was not even on the radar for him. But I think there is a love of being a Shark and wanting to bring SJ a cup. There did not miss for lack of trying and might have been a year or two where an injury to key person or two derailed that. Which speaks to how hard and grueling it is to win a cup. Plus hind sight is 20/20 they might have some unique perspectives to give. Each of those you named were great… Read more »

The Masala Slapper

Hm. I think it’s a worthwhile question. Two questions back at you:
1) In your mind, has this caused any problems so far?
2) Is this a common setup in other organizations led by former players? Is Detroit full of former RWs, COL full of Avs, LAK full of Kings etc etc. Or is SJ unusual in this regard?

Joseph

It’s also common across every organization in every industry in the world. People pull from their own networks. Most professional networks are made up primarily from peers. Tech companies do this all the time. Someone founds a company, exits, founds a new one and starts bringing the old crew over. If you couldn’t find success with a network of your peers, nobody would succeed.

Joseph

Just fyi Marleau’s role with the team is official.

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