According to CBC Sports, the San Jose Sharks are on the verge of signing free agent grinder Jamal Mayers. The Sharks announced on their website their plans for the veteran forward. “Jamal is a fast, physical, team-first player who brings the ingredients we were looking for to this role,â€ said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson. “He is an extremely fit athlete who can kill penalties and we think he will mesh well with our group of forwards.”
Mayers split last season between the Maple Leafs and Flames. He was dealt to Calgary in a multi-player deal that brought Dion Phaneuf to Toronto. In 71 games, he posted 3 goals, 11 assists and 131 penalty minutes.
There are still a few other former Leafs on the market. Ian White recently signed a one-year deal worth just under $3M to remain a Calgary Flame. Lee Stempniak is still seeking a home after an impressive end-of-season run with the Coyotes tallying 14 goals in the last 18 games. Garnet Exelby, who finished the year with a -8 and 71 penalty minutes, also has yet to find a new jersey to wear.
With the Leafs still looking to address the Kaberle situation, which will ultimately conclude itself within the next 12 days, a decision will have to be made to either sign a player such as Raffi Torres or Marek Svatos for the second and third line or give the young guns an opportunity to crack open a few roster spots.
Micheal A. Aldred