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Sharks Re-Sign Rissmiller, Sign Biron

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group II restricted free agent left wing Patrick Rissmiller to a two-year deal. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Recalled from Cleveland on Mar. 15, Rissmiller scored his first career NHL goal Mar. 18 against Dallas. His first career assists came Mar. 21 at St. Louis. He also assisted on teammate Matt Carle’s first NHL goal. He appeared in 11 playoff games, tallying two goals and an assist.

Rissmiller played in Cleveland for the 2004-05 season, where he ranked second on the team in goals (21) and third in points, with 44. He also had six multi-point games with the Barons. The start of this season saw Rissmiller as the Barons franchise leader in points, with 167. He also made his first AHL All-Star appearance.

The six-foot-four, 205-pound native of Belmont, Massachusetts was signed by San Jose as a free agent on June 30, 2003.

The Sharks also announced today that the club has signed free agent defenseman Mathieu Biron to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Biron, 26, appeared in 52 games registering four goals, nine assists (4-9=13) and 50 penalty minutes with the Washington Capitals during the 2005-06 regular season.

Entering his eighth season as a professional, he has logged 253 career NHL regular season games totaling 12 goals, 32 assists and 177 penalty minutes for the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Capitals. In addition to his NHL totals, Biron has posted eight goals and 26 assists in 134 career American Hockey League games with Springfield, Lowell and San Antonio.

The six-foot-six, 220-pound native of Lac St. Charles, Quebec was originally selected by the Los Angeles Kings in the first round (21st overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

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