SAN JOSE – The Sharks laid off one of their remaining banned free agents, announcing on Thursday the re-signing of Rudolph Balsers to a two-year contract.
Balser, 24, had 17 points in 41 games for the Sharks last season, after the team claimed a waiver in January. Balcers, a Sharks draft pick in 2015, was with the Ottawa Senators for two years when he was part of the blockbuster deal that brought Eric Carlson to San Jose in 2018.
Balsers were used mostly in the top nine forward role in 2021 and averaged 14:43 ice times per game. According to a source, his deal has an average annual value of $1.55 million.
“We were excited to have Rudolph back in our organization last season and he became a vital part of our lineup in our first full NHL season,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “He showed he is a versatile forward who can provide offense as a top-9 forward for our club. We are happy to have him.”
The Sharks on Thursday announced a one-year, two-way deal for Joachim Blichfeld, who is also a pending RFA. According to a source, his deal at the NHL level is worth $750,000.
The Sharks still have other RFAs, including newly acquired goalkeeper Edin Hill, forwards Noah Gregor and Ryan Donato, and defenseman Christian Jaros.
NHL teams have until Monday to issue qualifying offers to restricted free agents in order to retain their negotiating rights.
Hill, which was acquired by the Sharks from Arizona last Saturday, stands to receive a significant raise from the $800,000 deal it struck with the Coyotes this past season. As for Donato, the Sharks would have to issue a qualifying offer of $2.15 million to retain their rights.
So far, according to CapFriendly, the Sharks have just under $7 million in the space under the $81.5 million salary cap limit.