General manager Doug Wilson announced the move on Saturday. It came one day after McCarthy scored his first goal since 2010 to help the Sharks beat Columbus 3-2 in their final game before the nearly three-week break.
McCarthy has one goal and one assist in 36 games with San Jose this season.
For six months, it's a really good accomplishment. But as soon as April [11, the end of the regular season] comes around, no one thinks about the regular season anymore. For six months, it's a real battle to get into the playoffs in the NHL these days. There are a lot of good teams, and it takes consistency over a long time.
— Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on clinching a playoff berth after a win against the Islanders on Saturday