The Sharks said entered the offseason with a handful of players set to hit unrestricted free agency. They said goodbye to the first on Sunday, as center Eric Fehr signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Minnesota Wild.
San Jose traded for Fehr in January in an effort to bolster their fourth line, sending a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Fehr, who played 34 game with the AHL's San Diego Gulls after Toronto waived him in October, managed to do just that.
He scored four (three goals, one assist) points in 14 regular season games, and added another two in 10 in the postseason. Fehr, along with fellow fourth-liners Melker Karlsson and Marcus Sorensen, played a big role in the Sharks' first-round sweep of the Anaheim Ducks. The trio led all San Jose players in five-on-five corsi-for percentage, and outscored Anaheim 3-0 when they were on the ice at even strength, according to Natural Stat Trick.
Fehr thanked the Sharks with a personal message on his Twitter account.
Thank you @SanJoseSharks and your great fans for making my time in San Jose so memorable! Your team is in great hands!— Eric Fehr (@EricFehr) July 1, 2018
San Jose could turn to internal options in order to replace Fehr. 2016 second-round pick Dylan Gambrell made his NHL debut this past season, while the Sharks signed last season's leading scorer in the Finnish league, center Antti Suomela, to a one-year deal in June.