| Davison & Fahey
Sharks finally start
8/9/05 - by Mike Lee
Sharks finally showed signs
of life on Monday with their first free agent signing of the post locket
albeit of the small, restricted free agent variety. Sharks General Manager
Doug Wilson announced that the club has re-signed defensemen Rob Davison
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
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
team rookie of the year honors in 2002-03, Fahey was relegated to 15 games
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.
Rathje's departure opens up a roster spot and an opportunity to spend more
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
Wilson still has an entire stable of restricted free agents still left to lock
up, including Matt Carkner, Niko Dimitrakos, Nils Ekman, Alexander
Patrick Marleau, Doug Murray, Scott Parker, Wayne Primeau, Tom Preissing,
Schaefer, Garrett Stafford, Brad Stuart, and Marco Sturm.
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