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2010 NHL Free Agency: Sharks sign Jamal Mayers

David Clarkson, Jamal Mayers

New Jersey Devils’ David Clarkson, left, fights with Calgary Flames’ Jamal Mayers during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta, Friday, March 5, 2010. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh)


The San Jose Sharks added a small piece today, signing veteran plugger Jamal Mayers to a one-year deal reportedly worth $600K. I found about this via That’ll Cheech You from Fear the Fin, who adds a little bit more about Mayers here.

Mayers split time with the Flames and Maple Leafs last season. He’s billed as a big bodied energy winger who skates well and can kill penalties, but he’s 35 and screams “reclamation project” a-la Scott Nichol last year.

Don’t expect more than fourth line minutes.

Mayers “peaked” in 2007-08 with the St. Louis Blues, when he put up 27 points. (Those seasons in St. Louis represented the highest scoring outputs of his modest career.)

Last year, he put together 14 points and 131 PIM during the 2009-10 season. He’s moderately “big bodied” at 6-1, 217 lbs.

Since I don’t have much more else to add about Mayers (he’s usually in the 80’s or high-70’s in video games!), here are his “flaws” according to his SBNation scouting report.

Doesn’t have much of an offensive arsenal. Will take a few bad penalties on occasion. Plays out of control at times.