NHL Free Agency: 6 Available Players That Could Help the San Jose Sharks

Ally WilliamsCorrespondent IJuly 14, 2011

NHL Free Agency: 6 Available Players That Could Help the San Jose Sharks

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    The San Jose Sharks have been relatively quiet during the offseason.

    Doug Wilson made two huge trades, sending both Devin Setoguchi and Dany Heatley to Minnesota in separate exchanges. The Wild sent Brent Burns and Martin Havlat to San Jose in return.

    The Sharks have a solid roster and look to improve slightly, but the free agent pickings are pretty slim. If they're looking to add some depth, these are six players that could possibly be wearing a Sharks jersey next season.

Brendan Morrison

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    Brendan Morrison would be a cheap sign.

    He’s a good penalty killer and he could work well in the third line due to his defensive ability.

J.P. Dumont

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    J.P. Dumont had a down season last year, but if he can bounce back he’d be an asset to the Sharks’ clubhouse.

    For the right price, he could bring veteran leadership and years of experience.

Chris Drury

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    Signing Chris Drury could be an option to fill the void in the Sharks' fourth line.

    He’s a leader, has valuable experience, and could provide minutes in a penalty kill situation. If Drury could remain healthy, his services would be welcomed in San Jose.

John Madden

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    John Madden is old and aging but he’s still good on penalty kills and faceoffs.

    He has previously signed one-year contracts, and could still be useful for a season or two. He’d serve as a solid member of the Sharks' fourth line.

Vaclav Prospal

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    Vaclav Prospal is another older player who would help a team’s bottom 6. He could satisfy the Sharks’ search for physicality and scoring depth.

    He averaged 21.25 goals per year in the eight seasons prior to his injury, so he could be a good pickup for a year or so.

Brent Sopel

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    If the Sharks are looking to add more defensive depth, Brent Sopel would be a good pickup.

    He’d be a good backup and bottom pairing defensemen, and is good with the PKs.

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