Sharks re-sign top players |

Sharks re-sign top players

The San Jose Sharks announced earlier today the signing of Brian Boucher, Jeremy Roenick, and Joe Pavelski. Boucher and Roenick were signed to one-year deals. Pavelski was inked for the next two seasons. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Boucher barn-stormed onto the scene at the trade deadline last season. His first appearance was a 2-0 victory in St. Louis on March 1. Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced, “We have the best goalie tandem in the league. Brian got it done on the ice.”

Boucher appeared in five games for the Sharks last season and compiled an impressive 3-1-1 record with a 1.76 goals against average and a .932 save percentage.

He spent the majority of the last season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League before being signed as the back-up to Evgeni Nabokov. Boucher was quick to point out: “In Philadelphia, I got my game back.”

Wilson indicated that Boucher will carry more of the goaltending load in the upcoming season.

Jeremy Roenick re-joins the Sharks after an impressive comeback season. He notched 33 points in 69 games. He had 10 game-winning goals and three shootout winners. Both were among league leaders. Perhaps his most crucial contribution was his Game 7 first round playoff performance in San Jose versus Calgary.

Wilson re-signed Roenick for an additional year as a result of his contributions both on and off the ice.

“It is really simple. He wants to win. When the game is on the line, he will do whatever he needs to do to win,” noted Wilson. “I told him to play hard and do the things you did last year. He is at a much better fitness level. I am glad he came back. It was a family decision.”

Look for another solid contribution in 2008-09.

Joe Pavelski was an important part of the puzzle in 2007-08 and should play even a larger role over the next two seasons. He had 40 points last season on 19 goals and 21 assists. He holds the franchise record with ten shootout goals in 14 opportunities. He converted seven out of 11 chances in 2007-08.

He is also viewed as a future cornerstone of the Sharks offense as a result of his hard-nosed, offensive style.

Wilson commented, “He is right on task. I think he can be a heck of a player in this league.” He added, “He has become an important part of our team and will continue moving forward.”

On the subject of unrestricted free agent Brian Campbell, Wilson stated, “discussions with Brian Campbell are ongoing.”

Jim Adams, lives in Nevada City, is a regular contributor to The Union, a broadcaster for TouchDown Productions. He may be reached via e-mail at

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