Murray ready, but White out on blue line


Murray ready, but White out on blue line

SAN JOSE -- Douglas Murray declared himself fit to return to the Sharks lineup on Wednesday night when the team concludes its six-game homestand against the Vancouver Canucks.

Im ready, Murray said, when asked his status after Tuesdays skate at Sharks Ice.

The defenseman has been out since getting hit in the left hand with a shot on Dec. 3, causing him to miss the last 10 games.

The rugged Murray admitted he didnt think the injury would keep him out of the lineup for what is now nearly a month.

No, not this long. Obviously, I knew it wasnt going to be a couple days when it first started, he said. Its frustrating being out of the lineup and not being able to do what you usually do. Its nice that its good now.

Murrays return is convenient in that defenseman Colin White will miss some time with a lower body injury after leaving the 3-2 loss to Anaheim on Monday in the second period.

It is good timing, Todd McLellan said. With Whitey getting banged up last night, hell probably miss a game or two, and that allows Dougie to come back in and get his minutes and get his legs underneath him again.

Jim Vandermeer, though, is still recovering from a right hand injury that has kept him out for the last nine games. He admitted on Tuesday that he's still feeling some discomfort in the hand.

For me, as the last line of defense, if its stinging when its just bumping a little bit thats probably not a good thing. Might freeze it, might wait. Not sure yet, said Vandermeer.

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.