Sharks re-sign Tennyson, ink forwards Lerg, Haley

Sharks re-sign Tennyson, ink forwards Lerg, Haley
July 10, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Matt is a young, puck-moving defenseman with the vision to create offense from the back end.
Doug Wilson

The San Jose Sharks announced three transactions on Thursday, including the re-signing of 6-foot-2 defenseman Matt Tennyson, coupled with deals for forwards Bryan Lerg and Michael Haley. 

"Matt is a young, puck-moving defenseman with the vision to create offense from the back end," said general manager Doug Wilson. "We are excited to watch him progress as we continue the process of committing to the younger players in our organization."

In 2013-14, Tennyson posted 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) and 33 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Worcester Sharks (AHL). He finished the year ranked first amongst all team defensemen in goals (seven), second in points (21), and third in assists (14).

The 24-year-old Tennyson has appeared in 121 career AHL games, collecting 50 points (13 goals, 37 assists). He has played four career games at the NHL level, posting two assists and a plus-two rating, including tallying his first career assist in his first NHL game (4/1/13 vs. Vancouver).

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Lerg, 28, recorded 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) and four penalty minutes in 35 games played with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season. Lake Erie's captain finished the 2013-14 season ranked seventh on the team in points and tied for fifth in goals scored.

In 280 career AHL games with Lake Erie, Wilkes-Barre Scranton and Springfield, Lerg has amassed 154 points (76 goals, 78 assists) and 100 penalty minutes. Prior to turning pro in 2008, Lerg spent four seasons with Michigan State (2004-2008), helping the Spartans win the 2008 NCAA National Hockey Championship. He also represented the United States at the 2004 U-18 World Junior Championship, helping the US win a silver medal by collecting two goals and six assists in six games at the tournament. 

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound native of Livonia, MI, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by Edmonton on April 1, 2008. 

Haley, 28, collected 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) and 131 penalty minutes in 53 games with Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2013-14. The alternate captain finished ranked second on the Wolf Pack in penalty minutes. 

The forward has recorded 114 points (57 goals, 57 assists) and 940 penalty minutes in 369 career AHL games with Hartford, Connecticut and Bridgeport, and has added two goals, one assist and 163 penalty minutes in 52 career NHL games with the New York Rangers and New York Islanders.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound native of Guelph, Ontario, was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Islanders on May 19, 2008. 

 

Courtesy San Jose Sharks media relations

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