The Sharks have signed Czech defenseman Radim Simek to a one-year contract.
The two-way deal, originally reported by Radio Praha in the Czech Republic, is expected to be announced by the Sharks later this week, according to a source. Simek just finished competing for his country in the 2017 IIHF World Championships, skating in all eight games for the Czech Republic while posting one goal, one assist, 11 shots and a minus-two rating.
Simek, 24, has spent the last five seasons in the Czech League. In 42 games for Liberec in 2016-17, he posted 24 points (11g, 13a) and 30 penalty minutes with a plus-18 rating. A left-handed shot, he is listed at five-foot-11 and 196 pounds on the IIHF website.
The New York Rangers were also interested in Simek, according to the report.
Simek will likely begin next season with the AHL Barracuda.
The Sharks have signed a number of free agents out of Europe in recent seasons, including Joonas Donskoi in 2015 and Marcus Sorensen and Tim Heed last May.
Dante Pettis has an idea for the Sharks to get back in their first-round Stanley Cup playoffs series against the Vegas Golden Knights.
On Wednesday night, he 49ers wide receiver suggested on Twitter that Drake should wear a Golden Knights sweater on the same night the Toronto Maple Leafs lost 6-4 to the Boston Bruins ... with the global megastar in attendance, wearing a Leafs jersey.
The "curse" of Drake is the well-observed phenomenon that teams often lose after meeting with the rapper, or after he wears the teams' gear. It struck twice on Wednesday -- the aforementioned Leafs loss, and English soccer juggernaut Manchester City losing to Tottenham Hotspur on aggregate in the Champions League Quarterfinals. Guess which of those two teams had their star striker meet Drake last month?
And guess which English club Pettis was rooting for Wednesday?
In other words, he knows full well how powerful the curse can be. Desperate times call for desperate measures, as Pettis' Sharks will face elimination in Thursday's Game 5 thanks to their 3-1 deficit in the best-of-seven series.
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Pettis, a San Clemente native, adopted the Sharks as his favorite hockey team back in February. He also was in attendance for Game 1 a week ago, which just so happens to be the last game the Sharks won.
Perhaps the Sharks just need Pettis' (in-person) blessing -- rather than Drake's curse -- to get back in this series.
We need the Sharks to extend their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series with Vegas just so the Evander Kane-Ryan Reaves feud doesn't end.
Two days after Kane labeled Reaves "Muffin Man," the Golden Knights winger is embracing the nickname.
Check out Reaves' new Twitter profile pic:
As NBC Sports California's Chelena Goldman wrote, the beef between Kane and Reaves goes way back. But it came to a head in Game 3 on Sunday. Things got testy late in the game, and the two players engaged in an epic fight.
The next day, Kane ripped into Reaves.
"For the so-called toughest guy in the league, I don't think he landed a punch," Kane said between Games 3 and 4. "At times, I thought I was fighting the Muffin Man. Didn't expect that, I expected a lot more of a battle. I was able to handle him. I think he lost a bit of his allure in terms of toughness."
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See, this is why we need the Sharks, who trail three to one in the beat-of-seven series, to win Game 5 on Thursday night in San Jose.