Sharks re-sign Sheppard to one-year contract

Sharks re-sign Sheppard to one-year contract
July 8, 2014, 11:45 am
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James Sheppard posted 20 points (four goals, 16 assists), a plus-three rating, and 35 penalty minutes in 67 games last year. (USATSI)

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Moments after making the Tommy Wingels signing official, the Sharks announced they had agreed to terms with another one of their restricted free agents, James Sheppard.

The 26-year-old forward signed a one-year deal worth $1.3 million, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Sheppard was in and out of the lineup for most of the 2013-14 season before finding a home as the team’s third line center after the Olympic break and into the playoffs. Although he struggled in the faceoff circle, particularly against the Kings’ Jarrett Stoll in the first round loss, Sheppard finised with two goals and four assists in the postseason to tie him for second on the team in scoring.

He had 20 points (4g, 16a) in 67 regular season games.

"James has worked tremendously hard and earned himself a key role on our team last season," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "His perseverance and dedication make him a valuable asset to our organization going forward."

Sheppard, a former first round pick (ninth overall) in 2006, was acquired by the Sharks from Minnesota on Aug. 7, 2011 for a third round draft pick. He was the Sharks’ nominee for the Masterton Trophy after returning from a serious knee injury that forced him to miss two full NHL seasons.

The signing leaves Jason Demers as the only restricted free agent to agree to a deal, after Wingels inked a three-year, $7.4 million extension over the weekend. Demers has filed for arbitration.

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