TTG Thoughts Gambrell, Tierney and More
This is a column that features random thoughts on the San Jose Sharks, the Sharks organization and hockey as a whole. The column does not have a regular schedule so keep your eyes here for future installments.
Gambrell returns to Denver University
If you had Dylan Gambrell in your 29017-18 Barracuda rosterbations you can cross him off the list. Gambrell 20, will return to the defending champion Pioneers for his junior season. In two seasons with the Pioneers, Gambrell scored 30 goals and 59 assists in 79 games. Gambrell certainly would have helped what should be another solid Barracuda squad even better. Unfortunately, with so many unanswered questions about who will make the Sharks main roster, he may not have been given the same role as he may have liked. In Denver, he will be the top line center and play in all situations while continuing to work towards finishing a college education on a team that made back-to-back frozen four appearances.
One certainly can’t fault him for making the choice he did. Next summer though will be critical for getting Gambrell under contract. If the Sharks should tempt fate allowing Gambrell to return for his senior year could see him go to a preferred destination as a free agent with no shortage of potential suitors.
Tierney Signs $735,000 Qualifying Offer
The San Jose Sharks retained center Chris Tierney for one more year. Tierney, 23, was signed to a $735 K qualifying offer issued by the San Jose Sharks. A qualifying offer (QO)is issued to maintain the rights to a restricted free agent. it is rare that a player in Tierney’s position is signed to the amount of the QO. According to Kevin Kurz, no additional offers were made to Tierney’s camp. With the Sharks playing hardball and no arbitration rights Tierney had few options available to him.
The deal on the surface is good for both sides. For the Sharks, they have a contract that can potentially move at the deadline for a body to increase scoring. Tierney should be given a good opportunity to play with decent linemates. Should he be able to get into the 30 to 40 pts range he will be in a good place when his arbitration rights kick in next offseason.
Sharks Looking Internally To Replace Marleau’s Points
The big talk in the Sharks Blogosphere right now is Doug Wilson saying that the team will look within to replace Patrick Marleau‘s goals and points in the upcoming campaign. This is an approach that as a fan I have no issue with. The Sharks have some interesting contract considerations coming up and really putting a player like Tomas Hertl‘s feet to the fire would be wise before handing him a large contract. It also gives the chance for some of the younger guys like Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Marcus Sorensen a chance to really show that they are legit NHL players. The issue is that it is unrealistic to expect any one of these players to match Marleau’s output.
Marleau’s output will need to be replaced by committee. Guys like Joonas Donskoi, Mikkel Boedker, and Melker Karlsson will need to increase their output as well. If things are looking rough for the Sharks playoff hopes or even just their playoff competitiveness in the middle of the season moves can still be made. The Sharks are right to sit out on the current crop of remaining free agents and can use their cap space down the road when the prices are not as high and the deal works in their favor.