SAN JOSE -- What San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson used to describe as a "reset-refresh" for his team has turned into an all-out rebuilding project, and he hammered home that point Tuesday in a session with the media before the upcoming NHL Draft.
Wilson announced that the Sharks have re-signed 26-year-old goaltender Alex Stalock to a two-year contract, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent in a move that shows San Jose is committed to turning the team over to its younger players. Stalock will be given a chance to supplant Antti Niemi, 30, as the Sharks' No. 1 goaltender.
The Sharks have ruled out trading any of their young talent or high draft picks. Wilson has spread that message to his veterans, including forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, to San Jose's fans and to general managers throughout the NHL.
"I've had a lot of calls," Wilson said. "A lot of people at the GM meetings, they know where we're going. We now become a tomorrow team. So when you spell that out, it does create a response. Now a tomorrow team, is it one year, two years? Time will tell on how our young players handle the responsibility given to them but also making sure we don't give it to them too soon."
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell said he's had some informal talks with general manager Dean Lombardi about re-signing and he expects that to continue as the Kings move forward into their summer of celebration.
The Kings conducted physicals Tuesday before breaking up for the offseason following their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. Mitchell, like a lot of his teammates, was still recovering from the celebration festivities, but he said he expected to meet with Lombardi soon.
"I'm sure it will happen in the next little bit," Mitchell, 37, said. "We're kind of all doing the same things: exit medicals … a little bit of partying mixed in. Just a little bit. See how my [golf] swing is this afternoon. Really, if it's going to get done, it gets done in a short period of time. There's lots of time."
Goaltender Alex Stalock has signed a two-year contract to remain with the San Jose Sharks. Financial terms of the contract were not released, but CSNBayArea.com reported the contract will pay Stalock $1.5 million in 2014-15 and $1.7 million in 2015-16.
Larry Zeidel, who played parts of five seasons in the NHL for three teams, died Tuesday at the age of 86. The former defenseman was battling congestive heart failure, kidney problems and dementia, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Rome, 30, had one year remaining on a three-year, $4.5 million contract. He had one assist and a minus-6 rating in 25 regular-season games for the Stars this season and was scoreless with a minus-1 in one Stanley Cup Playoff game.
Hannu Jortikka on Tuesday was named coach of the defending gold medal-winning Finnish National Junior Team for the 2015 World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal.
The International Ice Hockey Federation made the announcement. Jortikka signed a two-year contract that covers the 2015 WJC and 2016 WJC in Helsinki, Finland.
The 25-year-old right wing had three goals and four points in 17 regular-season games with the Canadiens after being acquired from the Vancouver Canucks on Feb. 3. He had seven points in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Of his three playoff goals, two were game-winners.
"The acquisition of Dale Weise contributed to the success of our team this season," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. "A young veteran with a lot of character, Dale is an intense player with a strong work ethic. We're very pleased to have him as part of our team moving forward."
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