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Sharks Agree To Terms With Seven

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has agreed to terms with seven Group II restricted free agents including: defensemen Doug Murray and Garrett Stafford, centers Marcel Goc, Tomas Plihal and Craig Valette and right wing Grant Stevenson. With the exception of Murray (three years) and Goc (two years), all of the contracts are one year in length.  In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

             After being recalled to San Jose and making his NHL debut on Dec. 2, Murray played in 34 games with the Sharks , notching an assist and averaging almost 14 minutes of on-ice time.  He finished third on the team and 10th among league rookies in hits, with 110).  Murray ’s first NHL point came against Minnesota Feb. 2.  He set a career-high seven hits at Toronto on Dec. 3 and repeated the feat Dec. 28 vs. Phoenix .

             Murray played for the Cleveland Barons for two full seasons, skating in 54 games during the 2004-05 season and tallying 23 points (6-17=23).      

             The six-foot-three, 240-pound native of Bromma, was selected by San Jose in the eighth round (241st overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

             Goc made his NHL regular season debut with the Sharks on Oct. 5, 2005 against Nashville and recorded his first career NHL assist and multi-point game against Chicago just two days later.  Goc’s first NHL career goal came Oct. 26, 2005 in Dallas .  During the 2005-06 season, the center participated in 81 games, averaging almost 12 minutes of ice time per game.  He also scored 8 goals and assisted on 14 goals throughout the regular season.  In the Sharks playoff run, Goc tallied three assists in 11 games played.

             Goc was one of five Sharks players to participate in the 2006 Olympics in Turin, .  While playing for Team , Goc tallied one goal in five games.

             The 22-year-old first joined the Sharks for the 2003-04 playoff run, seeing ice time in five games and notching a goal and an assist.  He scored the game-winning and series-clinching goal at Colorado in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semi-finals in just the second NHL game of his career.

             Before his playoff debut in 2004, Goc played 78 games for the Cleveland Barons, tallying 16 goals and assisted 21 times for a total of 37 points.  That year he also participated in the World Cup of Hockey , playing for Team , where he assisted on three goals. 

           The six-foot, 205-pound native of Calv, was selected by San Jose in the first round (20th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

             Fahey was a healthy scratch for final 42 games of the regular season.  However, he did play in 21 games, tallying two points and averaging almost 13 minutes of on-ice time.

             The 27-year-old played 15 games in San Jose during the 2003-04 season, notching two assists and participated in 32 games with the Cleveland Barons, where he assisted 18 times (1-18=19).  Fahey also joined Team in the World Championship where he scored a goal and had eight shots in six games.  

             The six-foot, 205-pound native of Boston, Massachusetts was selected by San Jose in the eighth round (212th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

             After leading the Cleveland Barons with 16 points (8-8=16) in 17 games, Stevenson was recalled to San Jose on Nov. 23.  He scored his first NHL goal that same day in the game against Calgary .  His first NHL career assists came the next day at Vancouver on Nov. 24.  On Dec. 6, Stevenson changed his jersey number from #55 to #37.

             The 28-year-old was tied for third among Sharks rookies, notching 22 points.  His first career two-goal game came at Anaheim on Dec. 18.  Stevenson also tied the Sharks franchise record for power play goals by a rookie, with five.

             During the 2004-05 season with Cleveland , Stevenson was third in assists, with 25, and fourth in points for the team, with 39.       

             The six-foot, 175-pound native of Spruce Grove, Alberta was signed by San Jose as a free agent on April 18, 2003.


             With appearances in 74 games, Plihal had 30 points for the Barons season (11-19=30).  Two of his goals were shorthanded.  Plihal also had 136 shots on goal during the season, placing his eighth on the team. 

            The 23-year-old scored Cleveland ’s first goal of the 2004-05 season and began the season with a four-game point streak.  He finished out three seasons with the Barons in April.     

             The six-foot-one, 195-pound native of Frydlant, was selected by San Jose in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

            In 2005-06, Stafford led all defensemen with 39 points (11 goals, 28 assists), fifth on the team overall, while appearing in all 80 games for the Sharks top development AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons. His six power-play goals lead the team among defensemen and his 88 penalty minutes ranked him sixth on the squad.

            In 2004-05, Stafford , 25, posted 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 68 games with Cleveland . Stafford also accumulated 55 penalty minutes, ranking him the fifth on the team among defensemen.

            In 2003-04, Stafford posted 46 points (12 goals, 34 assists) in 71 games with Cleveland . His offensive totals tied him for third on the team in scoring and was first among defensemen. In addition, Stafford was selected to the AHL All-Rookie Team and appeared in the AHL All-Star Game for PlanetUSA. Stafford was named the AHL Rookie of the Month

            The six-foot, 195-pound native of Los Angeles, California was signed by San Jose as a free agent on December 9, 2003. 

            In 2005-06, Valette, 23, appeared in 69 games for the Sharks top development AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons. Valette posted 11 points (six goals, five assists) and added 95 penalty minutes in his third full season with Cleveland .

            In 2004-05, Valette tied Christian Ehrhoff for first on the team in games played (79). In addition, he posted 12 points (six goals, six assists) and 94 penalty minutes.

             The six-foot, 200-pound native of Shellbrook, Saskatchewan was signed by San Jose as a free agent on April 4, 2003.





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