The San Jose Sharks were not done after re-signing Joe Thornton, they also re-signed restricted free agent Tomas Hertl to a new 4-year, $22.5 million deal on Monday, bringing back the slick scoring Czech winger for another spin and three more on top.
The Sharks have now set up the better part of their core players with the two signings on Monday and then it will be more about sorting out their depth, both up front and on the blueline moving forward.
Hertl will be a welcomed addition back on the roster, since he posted 22 goals and 46 points in 79 games for the club, which ranked him 6th on the team in pool scoring, 120th among all forwards and there still seems like there is more to come out of him.
There's lots to like about the top half of this Sharks lineup, as you can see below, they have lots of firepower to spare up top, but the team's success could hinge on how well their depth comes along. There's potential there too,
|Evander Kane||7.000||Brent Burns||8.000||Martin Jones||5.750|
|Logan Couture||6.000||Marc-Edouard Vlasic||7.000||Aaron Dell||1.900|
|Joe Pavelski||6.000||Justin Braun||3.800|
|Tomas Hertl||5.625||Brenden Dillon||3.270|
|Joe Thornton||5.000||Jeremy Roy||0.828|
|Melker Karlsson||2.000||Tim Heed||0.650|
|Joonas Donskoi||1.900||Joakim Ryan||0.650|
The Sharks now have a shade over $73 million committed to the lineup above, leaving them about $6.5 million left to play with. Forward Chris Tierney is still on the list of free agents to sign, but he's a restricted free agent, so there isn't quite a push there yet.