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Preissing & Smith resigned
No word on UFAs
6/30/04 - By Mike Lee

The Sharks resigned two restricted free agents on Wednesday, but mums still the word on the four players who will become unrestricted free agents at the strike of midnight on Thursday. Defenseman Tom Preissing and center Mark Smith were inked to new deals, but veterans Vincent Damphousse, Mike Ricci, Todd Harvey and Jason Marshall are set to sign with anyone they choose to as of the official start of the free agency period on July 1.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson seems intent on keeping the word he gave last Summer when he said that all eligible players will be signed before the start of training camp in the Fall. Last season, Wilson made sure all of his restricted free agents were inked to deals before camp and thereby avoiding the distractions that cost the Sharks the season prior.

Preissing returns after his surprising rookie season. The Rosemount, Minnesota native wasn't even supposed to crack the NHL roster last season after signing his first pro contract out of college, but he would go on to play in 69 games, recording 2 goals and 17 assists. Preissing was also voted the team's rookie of the year.

Smith only saw action in 36 games, all on San Jose's checking line. He recorded 1 goal and 3 assists in his limited role.

Wilson has also been actively pursuing forward Curtis Brown, who is an unrestricted free agent.

"We are still in discussions," said Wilson. "It will come down to finding a number and a term that makes sense. I think you know how we feel about Curtis. He came in and did a great job. I look at him like Alyn McCauley where we try and create an opportunity and build a contract based on opportunity and fair market value."

The Sharks also extended qualifying offers to Rob Davison, Niko Dimitrakos, Nils Ekman, Jim Fahey, Scott Hannan, Evgeni Nabokov, Scott Parker, Wayne Primeau, Vesa Toskala and Miroslav Zalesak.

Of that group, Ekman, Hannan, Primeau, Nabokov and Toskala may file for arbitration. The Sharks may still negotiate contracts with these players before the July 15th arbitration filing date.

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