Thearon W. Henderson
A day before the 2013 NHL season begins, the Sharks appear to have decided on the roster they'll begin the year with.
After placing forwards Bracken Kearns and John McCarthy on waivers yesterday, the Sharks announced that the two have cleared and been assigned to Worcester along with waiver-exempt defenseman Matt Tennyson. The team also made official their re-signing of James Sheppard and Nick Petrecki.
The end result of these moves is that the Sharks' finalized 23-man roster appears to be set, although it only contains 22 players for the time being. Here's the breakdown:
Forwards (13): Joe Thornton, Logan Couture, Michal Handzus, Andrew Desjardins, Patrick Marleau, Ryane Clowe, T.J. Galiardi, James Sheppard, Frazer McLaren, Joe Pavelski, Martin Havlat, Tommy Wingels, Adam Burish
Injured Reserve (1): Jason Demers
With one roster spot still available, the Sharks could potentially sign a free agent (I'll take Scott Gomez, please) but more likely they'll retain roster flexibility by keeping that slot open, potentially to recall Kearns, McCarthy or a different Worcester player in the near future seeing as re-entry waivers are no longer part of the league's CBA.
51 hours until puck drop. Get stoked.
UPDATE: Per Kurz, Burns will begin the season on the active roster even though he isn't expected to play against Calgary on Sunday.