Sharks bring back Kellman on two-year contract extension

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The Sharks have agreed to terms with one of their restricted free agents.

The Sharks announced Monday that they have re-signed Joel Kellman on a two-year contract extension.

"Joel has proven himself at the NHL level with his intelligence and responsibility on both ends of the ice," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He took a big step last year in his development and growth as a player inside our organization and made an immediate impact after his promotion from the San Jose Barracuda." 

The Athletic's Kevin Kurz first reported the deal Friday.  San Jose Hockey Now's Sheng Peng confirmed the extension is worth $750,000 in average annual value, citing multiple sources.

According to Peng, the first year of the contract extension is two-way, worth $700,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the AHL. The second year of the contract is one-way, worth $800,000.

By re-signing Kellman, the Sharks' plan at center is coming into clearer view. Logan Couture and Tomas Hertl are locked into the top two lines, while Kellman might be labeled for the fourth, depending on what happens with Joe Thornton.

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Thornton, an unrestricted free agent, likely would serve as San Jose's third-line center if he returns. If he doesn't, however, that's another hole to fill, and potentially one that Kellman could slide into. Dylan Gambrell, Alex True, Fredrik Handemark and a few others could also be in the mix.


Signed by the Sharks out of the Swedish Hockey League in 2019, Kellman, 26, appeared in 31 games for San Jose this past season, registering seven points (three goals, four assists) while winning 47.1 percent of his face-offs.