Just two days after getting a qualifying offer from the San Jose Sharks, left-winger Tomas Hertl has re-signed with the club. TSN reporter Bob Mckenzie broke news of the deal on Twitter just after one o’clock today:
Tomas Hertl agrees to terms with SJ. Two years, $6M.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 29, 2016
The Sharks keep Hertl, a promising young forward, for another two seasons with a three million AAV. He is also an RFA after those two years are up.
This is a solid deal between both camps that serves as a bridge deal. Because Hertl has had some problems with knee injuries and is somewhat unproven when not playing with the Joe’s, this deal will allow San Jose to watch him tune his game for a couple more years and see what he’s got. If he faces a couple more injuries (especially in the legs) that take him out for an extended period of time, then they may offer him a lower deal. Or neither of those happen, and Tomas becomes a superstar then takes over as captain and San Jose ink him to a massive deal.
In all honesty though, this deal is great for us. Hertl finished the season with a career-high 46 points and had another 11 in 20 playoff games. He’s also become more gritty and started using his body to punish the opposition on a regular basis. To get all of this for only three million a year is a steal and it leaves more cap space for the Sharks to re-sign more guys or test out the free agency market. Doug Wilson did a good job for getting this done.
Now after this deal expires, and barring some major setback, Tomas is looking at a real nice payday. He’s young and (hopefully) hasn’t hit his peak yet, and the team loves him. I’d imagine that the Sharks will want to lock him up for a long-term deal and will set him up with a big paycheck. But for now, both sides get to see if his offensive success continues, or if his injuries will become a problem.
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