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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sharks re-sign three

From the San Jose Mercury News:

The Sharks are expected to announce this afternoon that three players have been
re-signed: veteran forward Jeremy Roenick, back-up goalie Brian Boucher and
center Joe Pavelski. More on that later.

Read more on possible San Jose transactions this summer here.

These three players were expected to return to San Jose.

Roenick's contract is almost assuredly a one year contract. The veteran forward had a comeback season last year and provided good energy and offense for the team.

The 23 year old Pavelski really came into his own during his first full NHL season in 2007/08. Pavelski demonstrated good chemistry with Sharks center Patrick Marleau and totaled 19 goals and 40 points in 82 games. Pavelski's ability to quarterback the power play also adds to his value. His point totals should continue to rise.

As for Boucher, well, he better hope new coach Todd McLellan doesn't play his back-ups like Ron Wilson did. If so, he may play three games all season. However, I think the team will try and get Nabokov a little more rest this season and Boucher could see action in 10-12 games. In that role, Boucher should do just fine.

Ballhype: hype it up!

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