Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sharks Ink Malhotra

On Wednesday, the Sharks announced that they had signed unrestricted free agent forward, Manny Malhotra, to a 1-year deal, officially revealing one of the worst kept secrets in the league over the past week. Malhotra was invited to Sharks camp on a tryout basis and did well enough to clinch a spot on the team. The deal is reportedly a one-way deal worth $700,000.

Malhotra played with the Blue Jackets last season, registering 11 goals and 24 assists in 77 games. Malhotra is better known as a two-way centre, who is good at both ends of the ice.

Salary CapThe Sharks continue to swim in unfriendly waters, when it comes to their salary cap situation. Without taking into account their current training camp roster and adding in Malhotra's new deal, the Sharks now sit at $54.3 million for only 17 players. That leaves very little room for the remaining six players they still have to fit on their roster. With only a week to go before the deadline of having their team's cap finances in order, there has to be a little bit of sweating going on in the tank.

Joe ThorntonDan BoyleEvgeni Nabokov
Dany HeatleyRob BlakeThomas Greiss
Patrick MarleauMarc-Eduoard Vlasic
Devin SetoguchiDoug Murray
Joe PavelskiKent Huskins
Ryane Clowe

Manny Malhotra

Scott Nichol

Jody Shelley

Torrey Mitchell

Overall, this should be a deal that works in the team's favour. Adding a two-way forward to an overly offensive team should be a reasonable addition. Malhotra does now have a little more opportunity to score a little bit more, since he's going to be playing on the third line of a pretty heavy scoring team. He may not get some of the top end linemates, but there is still some scoring punch in a guy like Torrey Mitchell, who may figure into some third line duties this year.

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