Where will Moore fit in?


Where will Moore fit in?

TAMPA Now that the Sharks have Dominic Moore in the fold, the next obvious question is, where will he fit in?Well find out what the coaching staff has in mind soon enough as the Sharks play in Carolina tonight, but here are my thoughts.First, lets talk Tommy Wingels. The Sharks rookie forward had another dynamic game in Tampa Bay last night, in what was his second game back after a nine-game absence with a left shoulder injury. Wingels scored the tying goal late in the third on a great set up by Logan Couture, but also generated Marc-Edouard Vlasics second period marker after driving hard behind the net and trying a wrap-around that eventually squirted out to Vlasic in the slot.RELATED: Tommy Wingels game logs
Wingels played nearly 18 minutes on a line with Couture and Ryane Clowe, and I would be very surprised if he doesnt line up there again tonight against the Hurricanes.Moore was centering the third line for the Lightning just before the trade, which is obviously where Michal Handzus has been all season for the Sharks. In fact, the Handzus-Jamie McGinn-Torrey Mitchell line has been together for virtually the entire year, and is the only line that hasnt been tinkered with on a fairly regular basis.Mitchell has been inconsistent, so theres a good chance Moore takes his place on the wing. Mitchell isnt a fourth line player, either, so for those of you assuming its John McCarthy that comes out, I think McLellan leaves that fourth line of McCarthy, Andrew Desjardins and Brad Winchester together while Mitchell sitting is the more likely scenario.One place well definitely see Moore is on the penalty kill. He averages an even two minutes a game while shorthanded, and his presence could mean that a guy like Joe Pavelski could get a break in that department. The Sharks said before the season that theyd like their scoring forwards to not have to waste energy while killing penalties, yet guys like Pavelski (1:39 per game shorthanded), Patrick Marleau (1:30) and Couture (1:14) all take regular shorthanded shifts.RELATED: Dominic Moore game logs
One thing to keep in mind, too the Sharks will have to make a roster move when Jason Demers is ready to come off of injured reserve, which will be soon. That could mean McCarthy gets reassigned to Worcester, or the team will have to take a chance by putting Benn Ferriero on waivers.All that being said, how would you use the newest Shark, Dominic Moore?

Tierney, Sorensen among players qualified by Sharks

Tierney, Sorensen among players qualified by Sharks

The Sharks have issued qualifying offers to restricted free agent forwards Chris Tierney, Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow, while cutting ties with three players in the system.

Tierney, 22, posted 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points in 80 games last season, serving primarily as the fourth line center. He has 64 points (24g, 40a) in 202 career games over three NHL seasons, all with the Sharks.

Sorensen posted one goal and three assists in 19 games with the Sharks last season, his first in the NHL. The 25-year-old played in all six playoff games against Edmonton, scoring one goal and one assist.

Goodrow, 24, skated in three games for the Sharks last season with one assist. He has 16 points (4g, 12a) in 77 games over three seasons with the Sharks, although has played in just 17 NHL games since the start of the 2015-16 season.

Forward Nikita Jevpalovs, defenseman Patrick McNally and goalie Mantas Armalis - also known for his career as a male model - were left unqualified and are now unrestricted free agents.

Earlier in the offseason, the Sharks signed pending restricted free agents Joonas Donskoi and Melker Karlsson. Donskoi received a two-year deal at a salary cap hit of $1.9 million, while Karlsson was signed to a three-year deal at $2 million annually.

Thornton, Marleau now permitted to speak with other teams

Thornton, Marleau now permitted to speak with other teams

Their futures with the Sharks more uncertain than ever, pending unrestricted free agents Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are now free to take calls from other teams to gauge their potential interest.

Nothing can be signed with a new team before July 1, and there is a ban on discussing terms of any potential deal. Teams have already reached out to Marleau, per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, while Thornton is also reportedly receiving interest around the league.

While they could still return to the Sharks, it’s new territory for both, as neither Thornton nor Marleau has ever tested the unrestricted free agent waters. Most recently, they agreed to three-year contract extensions with the Sharks on the same day – Jan. 24, 2014 – in what was the final year of their current deals.

Whether they return to the Sharks could depend on the length of the deal. If other teams are willing to offer multiple-year deals to Thornton and Marleau, it makes their return to the Sharks less likely – particularly in Marleau’s case. Earlier in the offseason, NBC Sports California confirmed that Thornton was seeking a three-year deal, while Marleau preferred a deal of at least three years.

General manager Doug Wilson’s top priority this offseason is to re-sign goalie Martin Jones and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to long term extensions. Those contracts would likely cost the team a combined $12-14 million, and would begin in the 2018-19 season.

There is an added risk to any team that signs a player over the age of 35, as it would be on the hook for the entire salary cap hit regardless of whether that player is active (unless that player is on long-term injured reserve). 

Thornton turns 38 on Sunday, while Marleau turns 38 on Sep. 15.