Sharks re-sign Stefan Noesen, answer one depth forward question

The Sharks have re-signed forward Stefan Noesen to a one-year contract.

According to a source, the contract is worth $925,000, a bump from the $700.000 he made last season.

“Stefan came in here last season and made a pretty seamless transition both on and off the ice,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “He plays the game with a high tempo and energy and isn’t afraid to stick up for his teammates. We think he fits well with how we want our team to play and are happy he is returning to San Jose.”

Noesen, 27, had eight points and 32 penalty minutes 34 games with the Sharks, who claimed him off of waivers Dec. 19.

Noesen, listed at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, averaged close to 12 minutes of ice time per game as a depth forward whose responsibilities increased during the season as the Sharks dealt with injuries to a handful of key players.

Noesen once again figures to slot as the Sharks’ third or fourth line right wing this season.

The Sharks and every other NHL team are dealing with a salary cap that remained flat this season at $81.5 million, and is not expected to rise much in the near future after next season thanks to the financial ramifications of the pandemic.

The Sharks, per CapFriendly, now have about $7.7 million in cap space with four roster spots left to fill.

In 199 career games with the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Penguins and Sharks, Noesen has 54 points (31 goals, 23 assists) with 120 penalty minutes.

The six-foot-one, 205-pound Plano, Texas native was originally selected by Ottawa in the 2011 NHL Draft (first round, 21st overall).

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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