Sharks re-sign Tomas Hertl to four-year deal

Sharks re-sign Tomas Hertl to four-year deal

First, the Sharks locked up Logan Couture. Then they brought back Joe Thornton. Now, they've re-signed restricted free agent Tomas Hertl.

It's a four-year deal, the team announced Monday afternoon. Financial terms were not immediately known.

"Tomas took a big step forward last season, both on and off the ice, and we feel that he is just starting to hit his prime. He has the ability to be a dominant player in this League and proved during the playoffs that he can take over any given game with his combination of skill and strength. His capability to play both center and the wing gives our team some flexibility, and he has one of the most infectious personalities in our dressing room. We're excited he made this commitment to our organization," GM Doug Wilson said in a statement.

This past season, his fifth with the Sharks, Hertl played in 79 games and recorded 22 goals and 24 assists.

Sharks hopeful Tomas Hertl can return to lineup Tuesday vs. Oilers


Sharks hopeful Tomas Hertl can return to lineup Tuesday vs. Oilers

SAN JOSE – After missing the last two games with a lower-body injury, Tomas Hertl may be ready to return to the San Jose Sharks lineup.

Sharks head coach Peter DeBoer told the media after Monday’s practice he hopes the 25-year-old winger will be ready to see game action when San Jose hosts the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

“We’ll see how he feels after his first full practice,” DeBoer told the media. 

Hertl had participated in team practice since being injured in Team Teal’s game a week ago against the Predators but hadn’t taken line rushes until Monday. DeBoer reunited Hertl on a line with Logan Couture and Timo Meier, with whom he has found a lot of success through the start of the season.

Prior to being injured, Hertl registered 16 points (5 goals, 11 assists) through 16 games.

Hertl’s return means the Sharks' other forward lines could look a little different from how they lined up in Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues. Joe Pavelski skated with Evander Kane and Joonas Donskoi, while the Joe Thornton-led line with Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Labanc. Barclay Goodrow, Antti Suomela, Melker Karlsson, and Dylan Gambrell comprised the fourth line.

If Hertl is ready to play in Tuesday’s game, it’s likely Gambrell, who was recalled from the San Jose Barracuda over the weekend, will be scratched from the lineup.

How Sharks’ win over Blues brings them 'back in the right place'

How Sharks’ win over Blues brings them 'back in the right place'

SAN JOSE -- Between being shut out by the Blues eight days ago and dropping a 5-3 decision to the Maple Leafs on Thursday, the Sharks desperately needed a bounce-back performance Saturday night.

They did just that, shutting out the Blues 4-0.

“To have this game tonight was important for us, and it shows character in this room,” Erik Karlsson said. “I think for 60 minutes we played a well-played game.”

It was a game that featured many of the things the Sharks are typically known for — a strong defensive front in front of a strong goalie outing, with a little offensive firepower to lead the way.

“Tonight was kind of classic Sharks hockey,” Joe Pavelski said. “That was what we were striving for.”

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The biggest improvement Saturday night over San Jose’s previous few games was that the team tightened things up and had better control over the puck. The odd-man rushes that have plagued the Sharks and cost them leads in games were not an issue as they kept St. Louis from finding the back of the net. 

“We didn’t give them a lot off the rush tonight, which was one of the things we were trying to do,” Pavelski noted, adding that San Jose generated its offense by “being smart” this time around.

When the Blues looked as though they might get back into the game and make things interesting, netminder Aaron Dell stood tall to make the big saves.

“I thought our attention to detail was much better,” coach Peter DeBoer explained. “We were playing a little Russian roulette lately and losing. So, (the players) got the attention to detail of our game, which we’ve taken pride in here over the years, back in the right place.” 

Maintaining that attention to detail could end up being just what the Sharks need to really create some space between themselves and their Pacific Division opponents.

Team Teal finishes its six-game homestand this week against the Edmonton Oilers and the Vancouver Canucks. Both teams had been riding hot streaks and had more points on the young season than San Jose. But now, both have taken a tumble — heck, as of Saturday, Vancouver had lost five in a row. So, if the Sharks can continue playing in the detail-oriented manner they did Saturday, they could build some serious momentum headed into the end of the calendar year.

“Tonight was a good bounce-back game for us,” Pavelski said. “The big challenge for us now is to continue with that.”