The San Jose Sharks locked down a key piece of their roster puzzle on Tuesday, acquiring goaltender Martin Jones from the Boston Bruins for the Sharks’ first round selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and forward prospect Sean Kuraly, a center who plays collegiately at Miami of Ohio.
Jones, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent on July 1, was immediately signed to a three-year, $9 million contract. He will undoubtedly enter training camp as the Sharks’ number one goaltender.
In a statement on the Sharks’ website, general manager Doug Wilson said, “Martin was a the top of our list of players that we had targeted. We’re extremely excited to have him on board.
It’s been a whirlwind few days for Jones, who was traded on Friday by the Los Angeles Kings for power forward Milan Lucic.
“I’ve never been traded before, so this is all new to me,” Jones was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News. “It’s exciting. It’s pretty sad when you’re leaving a place like L.A. where I formed a lot of good relationships, but I’m looking forward to taking on a bigger responsibility and playing in San Jose.”
Jones burst onto the NHL scene two years ago with stellar play in relief of Kings’ regular goaltender Jonathan Quick. In two seasons, Jones has appeared in 34 games, posting a .923 save percentage against a goals against average of 1.99, and going 16-11-2.
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Free agent signings
In other Sharks news, the club announced it has re-signed defenseman Brenden Dillon to a five year, $16.35 million contract. Dillon, acquired in a mid-season trade with the Dallas Stars, was due to become a restricted free agent on July 1. In 60 games with the Sharks, Dillon had nine points and averaged over 19 minutes of ice time per game.
With the signings of Jones, Dillon and forward Melker Karlsson, the Sharks enter the free agency period with plenty of cap room and needs for a lock-down defenseman.
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