The San Jose Sharks were not able to keep the entire band together, but they did a fine job keeping a good portion of it together, namely re-signing Joe Thornton to a 1-year deal, reportedly worth $8 million after signing bonuses.
Thornton, now 38 years old, was still a pretty handy player to have around on the hockey pool team, as he still finished in the top half among all forwards with 7 goals and 50 points in 79 games played with the Sharks.
It will be very interesting to see what kind of value on his $8 million cap hit, Thornton will be able to provide the Sharks in the 2018 season, maybe more so, who will he be playing with, as last season, he found himself on the same line as Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau for a lot of 5-on-5 action, but with Marleau now off to Toronto, questions will be abound, heading into training camp.
The Sharks have all of their big minute men now signed or spoken for elsewhere, now the work of getting the depth solidified will be next up on the priority list.
|Joe Thornton||8.000||Brent Burns||8.000||Martin Jones||3.000|
|Joe Pavelski||6.000||Paul Martin||4.850||Aaron Dell||0.613|
|Logan Couture||6.000||Marc-Edouard Vlasic||4.250|
|Mikkel Boedker||4.000||Justin Braun||3.800|
|Joel Ward||3.275||Brenden Dillon||3.270|
|Tomas Hertl||3.000||Dylan Demelo||0.650|
It was a bit surprising that the Sharks let Thornton's cap number go up around $8 million, especially since they had lost Marleau to free agency and this would have been the time to start spreading some of that wealth around. I have the Sharks with a smaller 21-man projected roster above, with spots to still fill out and the team only has $6.5 million left to spend. There are still some free agents out there that might work well for the Sharks, but whether or not they can afford it, is another story altogether.
The Sharks appear to be a team that has a lot of fun together and that's pretty important, but they did get stomped on fairly early in the playoffs this year, losing to the up-and-coming Oilers in six games in the opening round and there hasn't been enough done to their lineup, if they wanted to prevent that from happening again. Sure, the Sharks will be fairly competitive in the regular season, even be a good team to pick from for the draft, but the playoffs are the end-all and I am just not seeing it there yet.