The San Jose Sharks signed defender Dan Kelly to a one-year deal on Monday. Additionally, the Barracuda signed John McCarthy, Jake Marchment, Matt Willows and Jamie Murray to AHL deals.
We don’t know the terms for Kelly’s contract — it’s very likely a two-way deal. He played for Peter DeBoer in Kitchener in 2008, which continues the trend of the San Jose Sharks acquiring literally every player DeBoer has ever coached.
Other than that, Kelly has spent all of his time in the AHL since he was signed by the New Jersey Devils as a free agent in 2010. Kelly posted pore penalty minutes than games played in every one of seasons he spent in Albany, so that should tell you what the deal is here.
The minor leaguers signed by the Barracuda include a player who was already in the system (McCarthy), a player from the Kings’ system (Marchment), an ECHL player (Willows) and a goaltender (Murray). All four players will participate in Sharks training camp this September.
You can read both press releases below.
SHARKS SIGN DEFENSEMAN DAN KELLY
SAN JOSE - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Dan Kelly to a one-year contract.
Kelly, 27, registered 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists), 93 penalty minutes and a plus-8 rating in 55 games with the Albany Devils last season. He also notched one goal, two assists and a team-high plus-4 rating in eight Calder Cup playoff games.
The defenseman has collected 64 points (14 goals, 50 assists) and a plus-44 rating in 352 career AHL games with Albany. In addition, Kelly posted 82 points (11 goals, 71 assists) in 235 career OHL games with the Kitchener Rangers and played under current Sharks Head Coach Peter DeBoer and Assistant Coach Steve Spott as the Rangers won the OHL Championship in 2008.
The six-foot-one, 185-pound native of Morrisonville, New York, was originally signed as a free agent by New Jersey on May 19, 2010.
SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) presented by Barracuda Networks (@barracuda) and General Manager Joe Will officially announced today that the team has signed forwards John McCarthy, Jake Marchment, and Matt Willows along with goaltender Jamie Murray to AHL contracts for the 2016-17 season. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not enclosed.
The 29 year-old McCarthy returns for his 8th season in the San Jose Sharks organization. The 6-foot-1, 195lb left winger from Andover, MA recorded 45 points (16+29=45pts) in 67 games last season for the San Jose Barracuda and also played one game (0+0=0) for the San Jose Sharks. In his career, McCarthy has skated in 88 NHL games (3+3=6pts) with the San Jose Sharks and has recorded 196 points (79+117=196pts) in 344 games with the Sharks AHL affiliates in Worcester and in San Jose. In addition, John skated in 25 games for the Chicago Wolves (AHL) during the 2014-15 season. Originally drafted by the Sharks in 2006, McCarthy won a national championship with Boston University in 2009 and also served as captain with the Worcester Sharks during the 2012-13 season.
The 24 year-old Willows recorded 66 points (23+43=66pts) in 71 games with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) in his first season as a professional last season and was named the ECHL Rookie of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 185lb right wing from Congers, NY played 11 games with the Worcester Sharks (AHL) at the end of the 2014-15 season and recorded five points (3+2=5). Before turning pro, Matt skated in 130 games with the University of New Hampshire (45+45=90pts) and served as team captain his senior year.
The 21 year-old Marchment looks to begin his professional career with the Barracuda after skating the last three years in the OHL with Belleville and Erie. The 6-foot-4, 220lb center from Courtice, ON recorded 45 points (25+20=45pts) in 60 games with the Erie Otters last season and added 11 points (4+7=11) in 13 playoff games. Jake is the nephew of San Jose Sharks development coach Bryan Marchment and was originally drafted by the LA Kings in 2014.
The 24 year-old Murray was named the ECAC East Goaltender of the Year last season with Babson College and won the Joe Concannon Award, given to the best American-born college hockey player in New England at the NCAA Division II/III level. The 6-foot-3, 170lb goaltender from Scituate, MA joins the Barracuda after wrapping up four seasons with Babson College where he notched a 62-20-9 record and an 1.69 goals-against average. Murray ranks second in NCAA Division III history in career save percentage (.940). After posting a 14-5-3 record last year as a senior at Babson, Murray played four games for the Allen Americans (ECHL) and went 1-0-2 with a 1.44 GAA and a .963 save %.
All four players are expected to participate in the San Jose Sharks training camp in September.