Gustav Nyquist

Why Jeremy Roenick won't count out Sharks after losing Joe Pavelski


Why Jeremy Roenick won't count out Sharks after losing Joe Pavelski

The Sharks lost a lot from last season's roster earlier this month.

Wingers Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi and Gustav Nyquist signed with the Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and Columbus Blue Jackets, respectively, on July 1. On the first day of NHL free agency, three players who combined to score 58 goals and set up 54 more in teal last year had new homes for next season and beyond. Thrity-eight of those goals and 26 of those assists came from the stick of Pavelski, who also served as captain for the previous four seasons.

But NBC Sports analyst Jeremy Roenick can overcome those "tough" losses. 

"I think the Sharks are very resilient," Roenick told NBC Sports Bay Area in an interview ahead of the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship Tournament in Lake Tahoe. "I think they still have the makeup to be a very, very good team. There's no question that [general manager] Doug Wilson is going to find a way to bring on players that are going to fill the void as well as possible." 

Facing a salary-cap crunch that would have made retaining all of his free agents impossible, Wilson prioritized re-signing defenseman Erik Karlsson (eight-years, reportedly worth $92 million per Cap Friendly), and young wingers Timo Meier (four years, reportedly worth $24 million per Cap Friendly) and Kevin Labanc (one year, reportedly worth $1 million per Cap Friendly). Veteran center Joe Thornton and young forward Dylan Gambrell still need new deals, but Wilson has just under $5.4 million in salary-cap space to work with for the remainder of the summer. 

Roenick, who played with San Jose for the last two seasons of his 20-year career, said the Sharks, in his eyes, could use a third-line winger capable of scoring a goal every three or four games. He also mentioned that the Sharks need Martin Jones, who posted a career-worst .896 save percentage and 2.94 goals against average, to be more consistent next season. 

[RELATED: Pavelski reflects on decision to leave Sharks, his time in Bay Area]

The Sharks' losses shouldn't be underestimated next season as they continue to chase their first Stanley Cup. But, according to Roenick, neither should their general manager. 

"I don't think you can replace a guy like Joe Pavelski in terms of his leadership, his personality, how much everybody loved him in that locker room and what he can do scoring goals," Roenick continued. "But, there's no question they have one of the best GMs in the game, and he'll make sure that team's ready to go."

NHL free agency rumors: Latest news, reports, updates, trade chatter


NHL free agency rumors: Latest news, reports, updates, trade chatter

The wait is over.

Following the St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup title, all the talk in the NHL has centered around the upcoming free agent market, with the Sharks playing a central role in the festivities. 

San Jose already re-signed defenseman Erik Karlsson to a massive eight-year contract, and traded blueliner Justin Braun. 

Former Shark Patrick Marleau was traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Carolina Hurricanes and subsequently bought out, causing the talk of a potential reunion to grow even louder.

Then, of course, there is Joe Pavelski, Joonas Donskoi and Gustav Nyquist, all of whom are unrestricted free agents and reportedly could take their talents elsewhere.

It will be an exciting first day of free agency, and you can follow all the rumors, news and trade talk here:


4:00 p.m. PT: Tyson Barrie is headed to Toronto as part of a multi-player trade between the Avalanche and Maple Leafs.


3:05 p.m. PT: Carolina netminder Peter Mrazek has re-signed with the Hurricanes on a two-year deal.


3:05 p.m. PT: Former Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner has found a new home with the Blackhawks on a one-year contract.


2:55 p.m. PT: The Islanders have a new netminder after signing Semyon Varlamov to a four-year deal.


2:50 p.m. PT: The Islanders have re-signed their captain Anders Lee to a seven-year contract.


2:00 p.m. PT: Joakim Ryan is staying in the Pacific division, leaving the Sharks for the Kings.


12:15 p.m. PT: The Canadiens reportedly have submitted an offer sheet for Hurricanes' restricted free agent Sebastian Aho.


11:15 a.m. PT: Defenseman Anton Stralman is staying in the state of Florida, going from the Lightning to the Panthers.


11:15 a.m. PT: Veteran winger Wayne Simmonds is signing a one-year contract with the Devils.


10:45 a.m. PT: The Florida Panthers have signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year contract.


10:45 a.m. PT: Longtime Sharks' nemesis Corey Perry will be joining Pavelski in Dallas.


10:45 a.m. PT: Former Sharks captain Joe Pavelski has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars.


9:55 a.m. PT: Another Sharks winger -- Gustav Nyquist -- has agreed to a four-year deal with Columbus.

9:50 a.m. PT: Former Sharks winger Joonas Donskoi has agreed to a four-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.


9:40 a.m. PT: The Vancouver Canucks have agreed to a five-year contract with Tyler Myers.


9:30 a.m. PT: Defenseman Tim Heed is re-signing with the Sharks on a one-year deal.


9:30 a.m. PT: Matt Duchene has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Nashville Predators.

9:25 a.m. PT: The New York Rangers landed perhaps the best available player, signing Artemi Panarin to a seven-year contract.


9:15 a.m. PT: The Minnesota Wild have agreed to a long-term deal with winger Mats Zuccarello. 


9:15 a.m. PT: With his new contract, Timo Meier won't become an unrestricted free agent until 2024. 


9:00 a.m. PT: This would be a big keep for the Sharks. 

8:48 a.m. PT:  Are the Rangers about to make a huge move?

8:24 a.m. PT: The Canucks are trying to bolster their blue line. 

8:10 a.m. PT:  The much-rumored trade is official.

7:57 a.m. PT: It looks like Joonas Donskoi could be heading to Denver.

Joonas Donskoi leaves Sharks, signs four-year contract with Avalanche

Joonas Donskoi leaves Sharks, signs four-year contract with Avalanche

The first day of NHL free agency was a busy one for numerous Sharks players, many of whom now reside on different teams.

San Jose accomplished its most important remaining task of the offseason in signing Timo Meier to a four-year contract. In keeping him and defenseman Erik Karlsson, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson ensured two of the most talented players on the roster would remain for years to come.

The downside in keeping those high-salaried players, though, is that San Jose had to make cuts elsewhere. As a result, three significant contributors from last year's roster have found new homes.

Joe Pavelski signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars, leaving the Sharks' captaincy vacant. Gustav Nyquist went to the Columbus Blue Jackets on a four-year deal. And another San Jose winger -- Joonas Donskoi -- signed a four-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Perhaps it's no surprise that Donskoi ended up in Colorado, as his goal in Game 7 of the second-round series between the Sharks and Avalanche proved to be the decisive goal in the contest, thereby ending Colorado's season. That was Donskoi's first goal in a span of 39 games, though, and his inconsistency was the main reason he was in and out of the lineup.

[RELATED: Sharks must pick new captain after Pavelski's departure]

Donskoi's contract with the Avalanche will pay him an average of $3.9 million per season, which simply was outside of San Jose's price range, given its other signings.