The San Jose Sharks have a difficult summer looming ahead.
Their $8.7 million worth of cap room is the seventh least in the NHL, and their roster size as of July 1—the day free agency begins—will be the fourth-smallest in the league, as only 14 Sharks will remain under contract.
So while $8.7 million in cap room sounds like enough to bring in a couple quality free agents, the Sharks need to bring in several FAs just to fill out their roster.
Luckily for them, there are several upcoming FAs that will be cheap to re-sign and will provide the team with good value.
The five re-signings proposed in this article will cost the Sharks under $5 million and bring their roster to 19. This will leave the team with solid depth, a much fuller roster and still nearly $4 million to go out and sign one high quality or a couple mid-level free agents.
The Sharks may clear up more cap space via trade, and it wouldn't be a bad idea. But even if they don't, they can improve their team by re-signing these—and only these—five players to NHL contracts.