But the players signed are not even projected to make the team's opening game roster. Thus, they will not count against the team's salary cap.
This is not even factoring in that anyone signed would replace a contract on the roster. This could free up between $1.1 and $1.8 million without affecting any one who dressed on a nightly basis.
In other words, the Sharks could spend as much as $5.7 million on two players. Sharks GM Doug Wilson himself said the window to win a title could shut in the next three years.
You do not carry a balance of nearly $4 million on that kind of team if you can afford to spend to the cap. Wilson needs to spend the money to upgrade the players who will be dressed, because significant mid-season trades have yet to work for him (see 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010).
In this look at each Sharks unit, it is obvious there are still holes on this team that may hold them back from getting past the elite teams of the Western Conference.