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Primeau & Pressing rejoin Sharks
Signings bring total to five for the week
8/11/05 - by Mike Lee

Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson made it a trifecta by announcing free agent signings for the third day in a row. On Wednesday, Wilson announced that the Sharks had inked unrestricted free agent center Wayne Primeau and Group II restricted free agent defenseman Tom Preissing to contracts. That brings the total to five RFA signing this week.

For Primeau, it was de ja vu all over again. The journeyman center signed a new contract with San Jose last September, only to have it negated because of the lockout.

The Ontario native returns after recording career highs in goals (9), assists (20) and points (29) for San Jose in 2003-04.

Preissing was the Sharks team rookie of the year in 2003-04 after recording 2 goals and 17 assists in 69 games for San Jose. The rookie blue liner is cast into a veterans roll, with the departure of Mike Rathje to Philadelphia.

Both contracts were two year deals.

Time to Face the Music

The Sharks will throw an open house of sorts next week as General Manager Doug Wilson, Head Coach Ron Wilson, President Greg Jamison and Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will host a "state of the Sharks" question & answer session at HP Pavilion.

The event, which will be open to the general public, will provide a forum for Sharks fans to ask questions directly to members of the organization.

The event takes place August 16th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Free parking will be available in the main lot adjacent to the HP Pavilion and attendees are asked to enter through the North doors, located near the rear of the building. Doors open at 6:30pm.

UFA Watch

It was light UFA day on Wednesday. Columbus signed center Jan Hrdina to a one-year contract. The Vancouver Canucks resigned the Sedin twins, both restricted free agents.

Pittsburgh acquired goaltender Jocelyn Thibault from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

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