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Ekman Inks 2-Year Deal

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
After inking defensemen Rob Davison and Jim Fahey to contracts on Monday, another of the Sharks restricted free agents agreed to terms on Tuesday when winger Nils Ekman signed a new two-year deal.

In 2003-04, Ekman, 29, posted career-highs in points (55), goals (22) and assists (33) in 82 games with the Sharks and finished second on the team in scoring. His totals ranked first on the team in assists and he finished the year with a franchise record and career-high +30 plus/minus rating.

"We are pleased to have Nils back in the fold to build on the stellar play he showed in 2003-04," said Wilson. "His speed and skill set should allow him to flourish under the new rules and style of play the NHL."

The former recipient of the Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy as the IHL's most outstanding player, Ekman tallied 12 multi-point games and posted a career-high six-game point streak in which he accumulated nine points (3-6=9) in 2003-04.

During the 2004-05 campaign in Sweden, Ekman continued to display the offensive talents that exploded in San Jose. He led Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League in goals (18), assists (27) and points (45). Overall in the Swedish Elite League, Ekaman was fifth in points, T-8th in goals and T-5th. In the post-season, he led the team in goals (4) and points (9) and tied for first in assists (5) in 12 contests.

The six-foot, 185-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden was acquired by San Jose from the New York Rangers in exchange for Chad Wiseman on August 12, 2003.

Sharks fans know Mark Smith for his gritty play on the ice, but he truly is a multi-dimensional entertainer. Wednesday night from 7-9 p.m. at the Sofa Lounge in San Jose, Smith, along a few selected musicians, will be on stage for an acoustic performance.

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