San Jose Sharks Sign Andrew Murray: Projected Lines for 2011-12

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San Jose Sharks Sign Andrew Murray: Projected Lines for 2011-12
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San Jose signs Andrew Murray

Note: the first slide of this article is taken from a piece written for the Sharks page of Sports Haze Bay Area.

The San Jose Sharks signed Andrew Murray to a one-year contract Tuesday worth $575,000 according to CapGeek.com. In 181 NHL games with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the 29-year-old winger has 36 points.

That this qualifies as news for this organization betrays how little activity there has been. But then there have been fewer than 20 signings around the league of players with more experience in the last 11 days since the Sharks re-signed Benn Ferriero and picked up Ben Guite.

Teams are obviously biding their time with the remaining free agents. There could be different reasons for different teams, but after the Sharks snagged Antti Niemi from Chicago on the cheap when they decided not to pay what he was awarded in arbitration, it stands to reason teams are waiting to see how those hearings turn out.

Imagine Shea Weber or Drew Doughty in teal. San Jose has the cap space to offer them significant contracts if their teams decide they cannot afford them.

Okay, there is as much chance of a veteran dating Mila Kunis as one of these teams (say, budget-conscious Nashville) not paying for their star. But you have to have the cap space to make the move.

San Jose has about $5 million left with plenty of minimum-contract talent to fill the one spot they are short of the standard 23 on its active roster. Thus, adding one marquee player or two good ones is not out of the question.

There is no way a team that Wilson admitted is running out of time to earn the elusive Stanley Cup will ride huge cap space into the season. They need to make moves to fill holes, but there is no reason to do it now.

Thus, it seems likely that rather than dip into the many unrestricted free agents available, general manager Doug Wilson is content to play the waiting game before making more offers.

Arbitrations go right up near the opening of camp, and it will take time for all the players to find their new homes. Therefore, it is conceivable the Sharks could go into cap with their current roster, projecting the following lines...

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