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The San Jose Sharks announced today that they had reached agreements to re-sign two players that would have become unrestricted free agents come July 1st. Forward Mike Brown and goaltender Alex Stalock both signed two year deals to stay in San Jose instead of testing the market.

Mike Brown, 28, began the season with the Edmonton Oilers. He only dressed 8 games there before being dealt to San Jose. They had a hole to fill due to injuries and they needed some grit. Brown provided just that, playing minutes for a bottom six forward. During the regular season, he played in 48 games for the Sharks. He registered 2 goals, 3 assists. and 75 penalty minutes. Bringing him back for next season seemed important to Sharks GM Doug Wilson. Reports indicate that Brown will receive $1.15 million during the 2014-2015 season and $1.25 during the 2015-2016 season.

Alex Stalock, 26, was a rookie for the 2013-2014 season, backing up Antii Niemi in goal. Stalock impressed during his first season in the NHL. He played in 24 games earning a 12-5-3 record with a save percentage of .932 and a goals against average of 1.87. He also set the team record for the longest time in net without allowing a goal. This comes after the goaltender missed almost a year of play after the back of his leg was severed by a skate. At the time, he was playing for the Worcester Sharks. Reports indicate Stalock will make $1.5 million during 2014-2015 and $1.7 million during the 2015-2016 season.

A New England girl, born and raised, Jessica Higham has grown up loving few things more than hockey. Although she has never considered herself to be a good skater, she fell in love with hockey back when boys still had cooties and that love has only grown since. She genuinely wishes she had been alive to enjoy ‘Miracle on Ice’ and considers it to be one of the greatest moments in US history. Nothing compares to the feeling of September coming and signaling the start of a new season, complete with a whole new set of ups and downs. After having been an avid reader and occasional writer, Jessica wanted to try putting the two loves together and writing about hockey. Aside from hockey, Jessica also loves music, going to concerts, animals, and walking on the beach. Email: jessica@thepinkpuck.com @JessicaHigham


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