While the Sharks are still searching for a starting goaltender, they’ve made progress sealing up things at the blue line.
Defenseman Brendan Dillon who was acquired in a defensive swap for Jason Demers last season, and was a pending free-agent, received a vote of confidence from the organization Monday by inking a fresh contract.
Dillon’s agent Jarrett Bousquet confirmed the five-year, $16.35 million deal stating, “Both sides are extremely happy. Brenden wishes the season started tomorrow.” The Sharks are expected to officially announce the extension on Tuesday.
The new deal carries an annual average value of $3.27 million and is backloaded heavily. The specifics of the deal are as follows: $1.9 million in 2015-16 (with a $500,000 signing bonus); $2.75 million in 2016-17; $3.4 million in 2017-18, and $3.9 million in 2018-19 and 2019-20. It does not include any sort of no-trade or no-movement clause.
He appeared in 60 games for the Sharks last season, and collected 2 goals and 9 assists along with 54 penalty minutes. His presence could almost be immediately felt upon his arrival. A big-body, Dillon stands at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds. His playing style very much follows suit with his size, having a very gritty game. Though it isn’t all about the size, as Dillon has demonstrated his strong skating and puck possession skills. Being that new head coach Peter DeBoer stated from the start that he wanted to transform the Sharks into more of possession style team, he surely has to be pleased Dillon will be sticking around on his blue line.
The Sharks have now successfully re-signed both Melker Karlsson and Brendan Dillon and are left with $12.8 million of salary cap space when the free agency window opens on July 1.