The NHL arbitration process handed down a ruling in the case for Sharks winger Alex Korolyuk for a one-year $1.2 million salary.
While Korolyuk has elected to play the 2005-06 season in his native Russia, due to the rules regarding arbitration, the Russian native will owe the Sharks one season at the $1.2 million figure should he later return to the NHL, even if he has reached the age for unrestricted free agency.
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson is not overly concerned with the effect of Korolyuk not coming to San Jose.
"This was not unexpected and I respect Alex for making this family decision," said Wilson. "This creates the opportunity for additional ice time for players like Marco Sturm, Niko Dimitrakos and Milan Michalek. If and when Alex decides to return to the National Hockey League, we look forward to him playing for the San Jose Sharks."
But if the unexpected happens, and the Sharks need to adjust for the loss, San Jose's top hockey man noted there are other options.
``We can add pieces at any time during the season if we need them,'' said Wilson.