San Jose Sharks sign two more of their free agents

SAN JOSE — The Sharks signed two more of their restricted free-agent forwards Thursday, giving Dylan Gambrell a two-year contract extension and Antti Suomela a one-year deal.

Gambrell, San Jose’s second round draft pick in 2016, played just eight games with the Sharks this past season. He became just the second Sharks player ever to score his first NHL goal in the playoffs when he scored in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues. Marcel Goc — in 2004 — was the first Shark to tally his first goal in the postseason.

Suomela, signed in 2018 as a free agent out of Finland, made the Sharks’ roster out of training camp last October and had three goals and five assists in 27 NHL games before he was reassigned to the Barracuda. The 25-year-old led the Liiga in scoring two years ago with 60 points in 59 games and, along with Gambrell, could be a source of offense.

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Thursday’s signings leave the Sharks with three remaining restricted free agents, defensemen Nick DeSimone and Kyle Wood and forward Maxim Letunov.

The Sharks also have Joe Thornton’s deal still to be completed, but the 40-year-old unrestricted free agent’s contract is but a formality. In addition, San Jose could still work out a deal with Patrick Marleau. The franchise’s all-time leading scorer has expressed interest in returning to the Sharks after being bought out by the Carolina Hurricanes last month.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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