The San Jose Sharks were working on their housecleaning before the free agency period officially opened up, inking trigger man forward Tomas Hertl to a new bridge deal, giving him a 2-year deal, reportedly worth $6 million.
Hertl, 22, was a key part of the Sharks' run to the Stanley Cup Finals and has managed to contribute adequately for a couple more years with the team. In the regular season, the Czech finished with 21 goals and 46 points in 81 games, ranking 101st among all forwards in scoring.
With Hertl in tow, the Sharks have the better part of their core group that went deep into the playoffs, which should keep expectations for the coming season nice and high.
The lack of change in the Sharks' lineup, however, may limit the ceiling that Hertl has, in terms of his projections for next season, as I think he might level off in the 45-point range. To me, he isn't quite the player that will take the team on his shoulders and lead by example, but he'll contribute at key times.
|Joe Thornton||6.750||Brent Burns||5.760||Martin Jones||3.000|
|Patrick Marleau||6.667||Marc-Edouard Vlasic||4.250|
|Joe Pavelski||6.000||Justin Braun||3.800|
|Logan Couture||6.000||Paul Martin||4.850|
|Tommy Wingels||2.475||Brenden Dillon||3.270|
|Timo Meier||0.894||Mirco Mueller||0.925||Mantas Armalis||0.925|
|Nikolay Goldobin||0.863||Jeremy Roy||0.858||Troy Grosenick||0.600|
|Danny O'Regan||0.859||Patrick McNally||0.800|
|Jon Martin||0.801||Michael Brodzinski||0.778|
|Kevin Labanc||0.718||Tim Heed||0.775|
|Alex Schoenborn||0.718||Julius Bergman||0.714|
|Adam Helewka||0.705||Joakim Ryan||0.680|
Pool worthy, non-pool roster players, injured/retired cap hits, in the system