NHL Free Agency 2012: San Jose Sharks Sign TJ Galiardi, Is Shane Doan Next?

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NHL Free Agency 2012: San Jose Sharks Sign TJ Galiardi, Is Shane Doan Next?
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Shane Doan may be a good short-term option for the San Jose Sharks

According to a San Jose Mercury News report  on Monday, July 9, 2012, the San Jose Sharks have re-signed restricted free agent TJ Galiardi to a one-year contract.

CapGeek lists the contract value at $950,000, almost 30 percent more than the $735,000 tender they extended to keep him as a restricted free agent. But because Galiardi was set for an arbitration hearing, this signing eliminates the risk San Jose will have to pay more.

Galiardi is just 24 and already has had an up-and-down career. He had 18 goals and 25 assists in his first 81 professional games. But he played just 35 games the next season (for which seven goals and eight assists is solid production) and ended up in his coach's doghouse.

Last season, he had played 55 games for the Colorado Avalanche before being part of a trade that sent away some of the team's best already-thin young talent, Jamie McGinn. TJ was scratched in seven of the 21 games after the trade, plus two of the five playoff games.

In all 17 games played in San Jose between the regular season and the playoffs, he had one goal and no assists. Between the teams, he had nine and six, respectively.

But if Galiardi can recapture the level of play he had at the beginning of his career, he could provide some of the secondary scoring the Sharks have missed.

I have already said that the Sharks should target a division rival player in a trade to put to bed the talk about Rick Nash. But they could also do that through free agency, keeping the talent already on the roster.

Enter Shane Doan.

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According to another report by columnist David Pollack of the Merc on July 9, there is mutual interest between the Sharks and Shane Doan, who is considering leaving the only franchise he has ever played for at 35 years old.

That is not because he is over the hill. Doan is still a top-six forward, scoring 50 points last season and providing leadership in the franchise's first-ever playoff series victories.

Doan may sign for less to have a chance to play for a Cup and stay close to home. But even if he does not, the Sharks can afford him. He will get less than Jiri Hudler and P.A. Parenteau, so the Sharks will have over $2 million left in cap room for the extra one or two scratched skaters they want to carry.

The idea of having Doan would have an impact on the lines, something I will continue with tomorrow...

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