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Monthly Archives: July 2007
well, we’re a couple of days into free agency, and the Sharks have…
well — actually, they did a huge thing. they extended Joe Thornton, and for reasonable money (for a guy like thornton). That’s more important than most free agency signings in my mind.
They lost Hannan, which is no surprise — in its way, a good thing for both sides, since the Sharks were overloaded on solid but not offensive guys.
The three guys I was seeing as targets for the Sharks were Drury, Souray, and Brad Stuart. Two of those, I”ll note, are still on the market. With Preissing going to LA and Schneider going to Anaheim, it makes Souray to southern california a lot less likely. The primary competition for Stuart, I think, is Calgary. if the Sharks can land one great.
Drury? Is Drury worth the amount of money the Sharks paid thornton? nope, so I have no regrets we didn’t get him. Or gomez, or Briere. Given the sheer amount of money the latter two got paid, I expect they’ll be fighting it out for biggest disappointment of this free agency in the next couple of years (the Briere deal, with a no movement clause and the length of the deal, is frankly insane, but it’s clear fi they didn’t pony it up, someone else was iwlling to pony up almost as much, so with a bidding war for these guys going on, someone was bound to over-pay, and regret it later.
Let’s also not forget the Sharks locked up Rivet, a non-trivial deal for them, also.
So even though the sharks haven’t “grabbed a name”, they ALSO haven’t overpaid for one, and so I’m satisfied. There’s plenty of talent left, both capable and affordable, and so I expect we’ll see the Sharks pull in a player or two yet, and they may not be the biggest headlines, but they’ll be good additions.