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August 4, 2010 9:12 AM

Sharks Re-Sign Devin Setoguchi

3245500687_25e1581e50_z.jpgThe San Jose Sharks avoided arbitration with Devin Setoguchi by reportedly signing him to a one-year, $1.8 million contract for next season. Considering Blake Wheeler (similar numbers, but has one more year putting them up) recently was awarded $2.5 million in arbitration, this figure seems about right.

Setoguchi's numbers understandably dropped last season when he was moved from the first to the second line. After posting 31 goals and 34 assists, he fell to 20 goals and 16 assists in 70 games. However, he recorded a career-high four game-winners, and had five goals and four assists in 15 playoff games despite it being later revealed he was in need of off-season surgery.

More than anything, what has improved is Seto's defence. He still misses assignments, but began throwing his body around and back-checking well by the end of the season. He provides the speed and hard shot the second line needs for success.

In other news around the league, two defencemen previously listed as alternatives in the wake of Chicago re-signing Niklas Hjalmarsson were signed to other teams Monday: Andy Sutton went to Anaheim and Shaone Morrison to Buffalo. The Sharks have more than enough depth on the blueline, but lack a true number two defender.

Aside from unrestricted free agent alternatives listed at the link, Marc Staal remains a possibility to go after as an restricted free agent: San Jose could likely land a solid two-way defenceman who would add skill to the blueline. He would rate just behind Marc-Edouard Vlasic as the team's third-best defenceman and cost under $2 million and a second-round pick.

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