Taking a chance at adding some size to their blue line, the San Jose Sharks have invited defenseman Andreas Lilja to training camp on a tryout contract.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Lilja had spent the last five seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, but played just 20 games last season due to a concussion that sidelined him for a full calendar year. He had 1 goal and 2 points in 20 games, and was scoreless in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
"He's going to make it a more competitive camp because he's a veteran player," said Sharks coach Todd McLellan, who had Lilja as a player during his three seasons as an assistant with the Wings. "He is familiar with the coaching staff and our system because it is similar to what he came from. Once camp starts, he is like any other player and his play will dictate whether he (gets a contract)."
The 35-year-old native of Helsingborg, Sweden, has 74 points in 478 NHL games spread over nine seasons with the Kings, Panthers and Red Wings.