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Davison & Fahey signed
Sharks finally start spending
8/9/05 - by Mike Lee

The Sharks finally showed signs of life on Monday with their first free agent signing of the post locket era, albeit of the small, restricted free agent variety. Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced that the club has re-signed defensemen Rob Davison and Jim Fahey to one-year deals.

Davison and Fahey look to log more ice time this season after serving in minor roles during the 2003-04 season. Davison suited up for 55 games the last season, his first full season in the NHL. The 25 year-old defenseman logged 92 penalty minutes, which ranked him second on the team in that statistic.

Fahey hopes to rebound from a sub-par season, which was spent mainly in Cleveland logging ice time for the Sharks development affiliate. After earning team rookie of the year honors in 2002-03, Fahey was relegated to 15 games with the Sharks last season.

The Boston native led all rookie defensemen in points his first season in the league, but he had difficulties with consistency the following season. Mike Rathje's departure opens up a roster spot and an opportunity to spend more time in San Jose this season.

The UFA market rumor mill has also dried up after both Scott Niedermayer and Paul Kariya were inked to deals by the Mighty Ducks and Predators respectively.

Wilson still has an entire stable of restricted free agents still left to lock up, including Matt Carkner, Niko Dimitrakos, Nils Ekman, Alexander Korolyuk, Patrick Marleau, Doug Murray, Scott Parker, Wayne Primeau, Tom Preissing, Nolan Schaefer, Garrett Stafford, Brad Stuart, and Marco Sturm.

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