August 5th, 2010, 9:52 am
After a few days of rumors, TSN is now reporting the finalization of a deal between the Sharks and Jamal Mayers. Mayers, a big forward who has played most of his career with the Blues, is clearly meant to be a physical presence on the fourth line, probably with Scott Nichol. For $600k, this is an upgrade over Brad Staubitz. Mayers hasn’t played an AHL game since 1999, so those that would want to paint this guy as a marginal NHLer aren’t being accurate. His best year points wise was only two years ago with St. Louis, 12 goals and 15 assists. And he has traditionally played quite a bit of PK time, not much this past season, but 1:46/game with the Leafs in 08-09, and 3rd on the team in SH ice time with the Blues in 07-08.
I don’t have any problem with Mayers as a player, and we could use some toughness with Staubitz gone. But what about Frazer McLaren? I’m still a big booster of this guy, and desperately hope that this signing doesn’t relegate McLaren to the AHL again this year. McLaren did have 6 points in 23 games for the big club last year (a slightly better scoring rate than Mayers) and had 15 points in 52 games for the Worchester Sharks, with some PK time as well. It might not be the move I would make for this team, but it certainly fits Doug Wilson’s pattern of signing character veterans. Either that or he’s going for the All-NHL Eyebrow team, and McLaren just doesn’t cut it.
DW's secret strategy
January 6th, 2010, 2:50 pm
It’s been only a matter of days since Doug and I went up to Stockton to check out the Thunder of the ECHL, and reported glowingly in a recent podcast. Today, the Sharks announce they have entered into a working arrangement with the Thunder for the rest of the season. This coming on the heels of Jason Demers being sent there recently- here’s the always-thorough Sharkspage rundown. Can it be merely coincidence that the Dudes plan a trip, publicize said trip, go to the game, report positively on the quality of the arena and franchise, and have the Sharks enter into a business agreement only days later? Of course it’s a coincidence, what are ya, nuts?
Because I’m crazy like that, I remember something about the ECHL from reading the current CBA, here’s a passage that applies to Demers:
9.7 Loans to East Coast Hockey League. Players who are party to an Entry Level SPC may be Loaned to the East Coast Hockey League (“ECHL”) without the requirement of Player consent, provided the Player will continue to be paid the stated amount of the AHL portion of his two-way SPC in the Native Currency of the NHL Club.
Here’s a corollary, implied by the above:
13.11 No Loans to East Coast Hockey League. A Player who is not in the Entry Level System may not be Loaned to the East Coast Hockey League without his consent.
So the moral of this story is that Demers, McLaren, and McGinn could all be easily sent to Stockton instead of Worchester for the rest of the year with little fuss. And since the Sharks seem to be fans of sending players places for single digit days, it’ll be easier (and cheaper) to make them drive 75 miles than fly 3000.