With Martin Havlat still hurting, Todd McLellan has been doing some experimenting with the vacancy on the Sharks second line. First, it was Tommy Wingels skating with Logan Couture and Ryane Clowe in the Sharks first two games.
McLellan must not have liked that combo, however, as Wingels was a healthy scratch on Saturday against St. Louis. Instead, it was Torrey Mitchell who got promoted, so to speak. Mitchell played the first two games on the third line.
Mitchell looked comfortable and even registered an assist on Brent Burns goal in the second period.
It felt good, obviously, with two really good players, he said after the 4-2 loss to the Blues. Whenever a guy like me gets a chance like that I try to take advantage of the opportunity.
I liked Mitchey up there, said McLellan. I thought he gave that line some speed, and I thought he was on pucks. Mitchey did what Mitchey is supposed to do. He plays a simple game and plays with some speed.
Its a big year for Mitchell, who is in the last year of his contract before hell be an unrestricted free agent next summer.
Absolutely. I want to put up points and score goals. Me and Michal Handzus on the third line is going to be important for us down the road, not just shutting teams down but scoring big goals and creating momentum for the team.
So, yeah, definitely a big year for me.
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 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.
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.
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.