Projection of the Sharks hat after the re-signing of Gregor
The San Jose Sharks have re-signed Noah Gregor.
By Jason Gregor of TSN 1260, the 24-year-old winger has signed a one-way, one-year deal worth $950,000. He will be eligible for arbitration after this season.
“Noah upped his game last season and set career highs in multiple offensive categories,” general manager Mike Grier said in a team press release. “He can use his speed to create space in the offensive zone and we can’t wait to see him take the next step this year.”
Gregor is represented by Agent Craig Oster.
Here’s how San Jose Hockey Now projects the current San Jose Sharks cap situation. Jonah Gadjovich is the Sharks’ only remaining RFA, but he’s not expected to sign much more than the veteran’s minimum.
|Eklund, William||894 167|
|Nutivaara, Markus||1.5 million|
|TO HOLD ONTO||2022-23|
In my projection, waived-exempt prospect William Eklund made the Sharks over other waived-exempt prospects Scott Reedy, Jasper Weatherby, Thomas Bordeleau, Max Veronneau, among others.
Gadjovich and Jeffrey Viel are the main forwards likely to be exposed to waivers.
You should be able to swap Eklund for any of these forwards, they all earn less than the Swedish winger’s AAV of $894,167 except for Bordeleau’s cap of $916,667.
On defense, Nikolai Knyzhov’s long-term injury could open the door for Radim Simek to recover on the San Jose Sharks blue line. Alternatively, the Sharks can bury part of Simek’s cap — $1.125 million of Simek’s $2.25 million — in the minors, and trade waiver-exempt prospect Ryan Merkley ($863,333 AAV). This will give San Jose a bit more breathing room.
You’ll notice that I predict the Sharks will enter the season with three goaltenders and stay just under the $82.5 million cap. While not ideal for a host of reasons, San Jose could find a more welcoming market for James Reimer or Adin Hill a month or so into the season.
That makes 13 attackers, seven defenders and three goalkeepers for a formation of 23 players. Of course, the suspension of this screening is the result of Evander Kane’s grievance. An NHL source tells SJHN that the Sharks, Kane and the NHL still don’t have a second court date scheduled at this time.
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