NHL Free Agency Grades: Sharks Score Highest in Pacific


Major Additions: Mikkel Boedker

Major Subtractions: James Reimer

Grade: B+

It's a bit of a stretch to call Reimer a major subtraction because he was serving as the backup in San Jose, but he's coming off a strong season where he posted a 2.31 GAA and .922 save percentage in 40 games between Toronto and the Sharks, so it didn't feel right not to give his departure special mention.

That aside, the main thing San Jose did during the free agent frenzy was ink Mikkel Boedker to a four-year, $16 million deal.  That's a pretty nice price for a player that's recorded 51 points in two of his last three seasons (he was limited to 45 games in 2014-15).  He's also just 26 years old so it's reasonable to think he'll be effective throughout the length of that deal, especially given that the term is just four years.

Getting Boedker for that price is arguably the Sharks reaping the benefits of their run to the Stanley Cup Final.  Boedker did suggest that other teams offered his bigger contracts, but cited the Sharks' success as well as the presence of his former OHL coach, Peter DeBoer, as some of the reasons for his decision.  It's not hard to believe he was offered more elsewhere either, given the market.


Major Additions: None

Major Subtractions: Milan Lucic

Grade: B

Cap issues have made it difficult for the Kings to really do much during the free agent period.  In an ideal world they would be able to shed Dustin Brown and Marian Gaborik's contracts - which don't expire until 2021 - but obviously finding suitors for them is a difficult task and not one you can reasonable expect of the Kings' front office at this time.

So instead they had to watch Lucic walk and replace some of his offense with Teddy Purcell, who inked a one-year, $1.6 million deal.  Purcell of course isn't an equivalent to Lucic, but he might end up serving as a top-six forward and is a fairly nice pickup at that price.

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