The San Jose Sharks have kept a couple of their own players around.
For starters, restricted free agent forward Tyler Kennedy, who the Sharks acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins at the draft, was signed to a two-year contract worth $4.6 million. The almost 27-year-old native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 99th overall. He is listed at 5’11”, 183 lbs and in six NHL seasons has 76 goals and 92 assists in 372 games to go along with a plus-32 rating and 181 penalty minutes. He scored just six goals and five assists with a minus-6 rating and 19 penalty minutes in 46 games last season, but had a career year in 2010-2011, putting up 21 goals and 24 assists with a plus-1 rating and 37 penalty minutes in 80 games. This year, he had two goals and three assists with a plus-6 rating and two penalty minutes in nine playoff games, and the 2008-2009 Stanley Cup champion has 12 goals and 15 assists with 25 penalty minutes in 76 career playoff games.
Meanwhile, the Sharks also re-signed veteran left-handed-shooting defenseman Scott Hannan. The Richmond, British Columbia native is listed at 6’1″, 221 lbs, turned 34 years old back in January and was drafted by the Sharks in the first round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, 23rd overall. Hannan has never been an offensive defenseman, as in 941 games over 14 seasons with the Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Calgary Flames and Nashville Predators, he has 33 goals and 165 assists in 941 games, and he had just one assist in 33 games with the Predators and Sharks last year. The Sharks will hope he can continue to provide a steady veteran presence on their defense, though.