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Sports Senators' Michael Del Zotto, Sharks' Rudolfs Balcers to be bought out

08:42  04 august  2022
08:42  04 august  2022 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Sharks hire David Quinn as new head coach

  Sharks hire David Quinn as new head coach SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have hired former New York Rangers coach David Quinn as their new head coach. The Sharks announced Tuesday that Quinn would replace the fired Bob Boughner as the Sharks overhaul their management and coaching team. “His previous NHL head coaching experience is valuable to us and he implements a system that will fit with our philosophy of being a hard team to play against," general manager Mike GrierThe Sharks announced Tuesday that Quinn would replace the fired Bob Boughner as the Sharks overhaul their management and coaching team.

In addition to Janne Kuokkanen and Oskar Lindblom, who were announced earlier Tuesday, two more players are on waivers Tuesday for the purpose of a buyout. The Ottawa Senators will buy out Michael Del Zotto, while the San Jose Sharks will be buying out Rudolfs Balcers, according to Chris Johnston of TSN.

Michael Del Zotto will look to continue his NHL career elsewhere. © Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports Michael Del Zotto will look to continue his NHL career elsewhere.

For Del Zotto and the Senators, a buyout will result in a $500K cap penalty in 2022-23 and a $750K penalty in 2023-24, but the move saves the team some money and cap space for the upcoming season. It never really did work out for the veteran defensemen there, and after clearing waivers, he ended up playing most of the 2021-22 season in the minor leagues.

Free-agent defenseman John Klingberg changes representation

  Free-agent defenseman John Klingberg changes representation August is just around the corner and the top defenseman on the free agent market still hasn’t signed. John Klingberg was ranked fifth on our Top 50 UFA list two weeks ago but he sits without a contract or a team for 2022-23. Now, likely due to frustration from how things have played out, Klingberg is changing representation. Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff reports that Klingberg has parted ways with agent Peter Wallen and will now be represented by Newport Sports Management. PuckPedia adds that Craig Oster, one of the sport’s most influential agents, will take the lead for the free agent defenseman.

He’ll now be a free agent, able to try and secure an NHL deal somewhere else while still earning a $750K paycheck from the Senators for each of the next two years. Not a bad deal for the 32-year-old, who could be looking at his ninth NHL team should he sign with someone other than the Senators, New York Rangers, Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers, Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks, St. Louis Blues or Columbus Blue Jackets.

Balcers, meanwhile, will be almost completely wiped off the books for San Jose, as his age means the Sharks are only on the hook for one-third of his remaining $1.85M salary. For 2022-23, the Sharks will face a penalty of just $8,334, and in 2023-24, just $308,334. Those are certainly worthwhile prices to pay to clear his contract off the books as the Sharks look to other players for bottom-six contributions.

Philadelphia Flyers hire Rocky Thompson as assistant coach

  Philadelphia Flyers hire Rocky Thompson as assistant coach Thompson served as an associate coach for the San Jose Sharks in 2020-21 but parted ways for last season after explaining that a medical exemption kept him from taking the COVID-19 vaccine. It would seem as though that will no longer pose an issue, as the Flyers welcome him aboard to help coach the forwards and power play. While Thompson doesn’t have a ton of NHL experience as a player or coach, his minor-league résumé is vast and impressive. He played more than 600 total games in the AHL and served as head coach of the Chicago Wolves for three seasons before joining San Jose.

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