McLaren sent down to 'play some hockey'


McLaren sent down to 'play some hockey'

VANCOUVER Sharks head coach Todd McLellan commented on the reasoning behind sending forward Frazer McLaren to the team's AHL affiliate in Worcester prior to the Sharks-Canucks game at Rogers Arena.

He needs to play some hockey. He missed a year, we werent using him on a regular basis, McLellan said. We looked at our schedule the next little bit, and we probably werent going to use him on this road trip. We go into an All-Star break, and then were into February.

For a guy that hasnt played a lot, for his own career benefit, he needs to go play some hockey right now.

McLaren played in the previous two Sharks games after sitting for nine straight, but his ice time was just 5:29 against Calgary on Tuesday and 4:39 vs. Ottawa on Thursday. In seven games since returning to the team from a hip injury, McLaren was scoreless with nine penalty minutes.

Meanwhile, the club recalled John McCarthy from Worcester in time for the Canucks game. McCarthy arrived on Friday night on a cross-country flight, connecting in Portland before joining San Jose at its team hotel. McCarthy leads Worcester with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) in 37 games played.

Im getting a lot of ice time, and getting a little more confidence with the puck and making plays, McCarthy said. Im getting some power play time, to just complete my game a little bit more. I think Im taking some strides.

McCarthy has appeared in 41 NHL games, all with San Jose, posting four points (two goals, two assists) and eight penalty minutes.

A reliable player. I hate using the word safe, but a reliable player that understands the defensive part of the game, McLellan said. He can penalty kill if we need him, and hes somebody thats been here in the past.

The Sharks activated defenseman Jim Vandermeer from injured reserve, while forward Tommy Wingels was placed on I.R. with an upper body injury suffered against the Senators.

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Sharks ink pair of European prospects

Sharks ink pair of European prospects

The Sharks officially announced the signing of defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract on Tuesday, as well as Swedish forward Filip Sandberg to a two-year contract.

Simek’s deal was reported on Monday and confirmed by NBC Sports California. The contract is valued at $925,000 for the 2017-18 season, a source confirmed. The 24-year-old defenseman spent the past five seasons in the Czech league, posting 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating last season. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHL website.

In 211 career games in the Czech league, he posted 91 points (37g, 54a) and a plus-51 rating.

"Radim is a quick transition defenseman who drives the play offensively and plays with a physical edge," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We like his offensive instincts especially on special teams and think his game will translate well in North America."

Sandberg, 22, has 71 points (25g, 46a) in 204 career games in the Swedish league. Last season, he posted 25 points (8g, 17a) and a plus-17 rating in 52 games.

Sandberg is set to make $742,500 in 2017-18 and $792,500 in 2018-19, a source confirmed.

The five-foot-nine, 180-pound Stockholm native also competed in the World Jr. Championships in 2013 and 2014, helping Sweden win silver both years.

"Filip is a very creative player who sees the ice well and can create offense in limited space," Wilson said. "He plays a high-pressure, puck-pursuit game and his battle level is something we have been impressed with, especially against older players. We are excited for him to join our organization."

The contracts for Simek and Forsberg are two-way deals, allowing them to play for the AHL Barracuda next season.

Sharks sign defenseman from Czech Republic


Sharks sign defenseman from Czech Republic

The Sharks have signed Czech defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract.

The two-way deal, originally reported by Radio Praha in the Czech Republic, is expected to be announced by the Sharks later this week, according to a source. Simek just finished competing for his country in the 2017 IIHF World Championships, skating in all eight games for the Czech Republic while posting one goal, one assist, 11 shots and a minus-two rating.

Simek, 24, has spent the last five seasons in the Czech League. In 42 games for Liberec in 2016-17, he posted 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHF website.

The New York Rangers were also interested in Simek, according to the report.

Simek will likely begin next season with the AHL Barracuda.

The Sharks have signed a number of free agents out of Europe in recent seasons, including Joonas Donskoi in 2015 and Marcus Sorensen and Tim Heed last May.