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Stuart & Parker Contracts Done

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson closed off his Monday as strong as he opened it. In the morning he announced the signings of Patrick Marleau and Marco Sturm to multi-years deals. Monday afternoon, Wilson announced that defenseman Brad Stuart had agreed to terms on a two-year deal with right wing Scott Parker inking a one-year deal.

With winger Alex Korolyuk's impending arbitration case, the signings ensure that Wilson's entire 2005-06 roster will be signed for the opening of training camp.

"Let's start camp tomorrow, we're ready," joked Wilson.

"We just finalized the multi-year contract with Stuart to go with Sturm, Marleau and Parker," said Wilson. "These players are very important to us now and for the future. We've accomplished our goal of getting everyone resolved. Give the players credit."

In addition, Team Teal also signed defenseman Doug Murray, defenseman Garrett Stafford, defenseman Matt Carkner, left wing Josh Prudden and netminder Nolan Schaefer signed.

Does that mean the Sharks will stand pat?

"For the right person who is the right fit, we will look at certain players (like Scott Niedermayer), but I like where we are."

In 2003-04, Stuart, 25, posted 39 points (nine goals, career-high 30 assists) in 77 games with the Sharks. His offensive totals made him the leading scorer on the team among defensemen. In addition to his stellar regular season, Stuart also notched six points (one goal, five assists) in 17 playoff games.

In 2002-03, despite several injuries that kept him sidelined for more than 30 games throughout the course of the season, Stuart appeared in 36 games, scoring 14 points (four goals, 10 assists). In addition, Stuart ranked fourth on the team in average ice time.

The six-foot-two, 215-pound native of Rocky Mountain House, Alberta was originally drafted by San Jose in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft (1st Round, 3rd Overall).

In 2003-04, Parker, 27, accumulated a team leading 101 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 games with the Sharks. In addition, he posted four points (one goal, three assists), scoring his first goal with the Sharks on Dec. 10 at Anaheim. Parker missed the final eight games of the regular season with a hand injury.

Prior to his arrival in San Jose, Parker posted four points (on goal, three assists) and 82 penalty minutes in 43 games with Colorado during the 2002-03 season. In addition, Parker played in his 200th career NHL game on March 29 vs. Phoenix. In 2000-01 the winger captured a Stanley Cup Championship while he was a member of the Avalanche, who drafted him in the first round (20th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

The six-foot-five, 225-pound native of Hanford, California was acquired from Colorado on June 21, 2003 in exchange for a fifth round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

In 2004-05, Carkner, who turns 25 in November, captained the Sharks top development AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons, to a 35-37-2-6 record. In addition to his responsibilities as team captain, Carkner lead the team in penalty minutes (192), while also posting 10 points, all assists.

In 2003-04, Carkner posted career-highs in goals (2), assists (11) and points (13). Carkner also achieved a career-high in plus/minus, posting a +18, setting the Barons franchise record. His achievements lead to his selection as the "Barons American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year."

The six-foot-four, 235-pound native of Winchester, Ontario was originally drafted by Montreal in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (2nd round, 58th overall), and signed with San Jose as a free agent on June 7, 2001.

In 2004-05, Murray, 25, posted 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) in 54 games with the Sharks top development AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons, bettering his previous season total by one point. In addition to his offensive totals, Murray also accumulated 56 penalty minutes, ranking him fourth on the team among defenseman.

The six-foot-three, 220-pound native of Bromma, Sweden was originally selected by San Jose in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (8th round, 241st overall).

In 2004-05, Schaefer, 25, appeared in 43 games with the Sharks top development AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons. Schaefer put up a 17-23-1 record with two shutouts while posting a goals-against average of 2.73.

In 2003-04, Schaefer split time between the Cleveland Barons (AHL) and the Fresno Falcons (ECHL). In his 27 appearances with the Barons, Schaefer posted a 14-9-3 mark with a 2.34 goals-against average, while recording two shutouts. Schaefer also dressed for his first NHL game on Jan. 5 at Vancouver, serving as Vesa Toskala's back-up.

In 2004-05, Stafford, 25, posted 24 points (six goals, 18 assists) in 68 games with the Sharks top development AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons. Stafford also accumulated 55 penalty minutes, ranking him 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 ranked him in a tie for third on the team in scoring, first among defenseman. In addition, Stafford was selected to the AHL All-Rookie Team and appeared in the AHL All-Star Game playing with PlanetUSA. Stafford was named the AHL Rookie of the Month for January where he posted 16 points (3-13=16) in only 15 games.

The six-foot, 190-pound native of Los Angeles, California was signed by San Jose as a free agent on December 9, 2003.

In 2004-05, Prudden, 25, posted 22 points (14 goals, eight assists) in 73 games with the Sharks top development AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons. Despite suffering a season ending injury in early April, Prudden's offensive totals led the team in goals (14) among rookies, and his five game-winning goals were best on the squad.

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