The San Jose Sharks may have lost one of their pending UFAs already as TSN’s Brennan Klak reports that forward Lukas Radil has decided to return to the KHL, signing with his old club, HC Spartak Moscow for the 2020-21 season. No terms have been reported.
Radil signed a one-year, $750K contract back in 2018 to join the Sharks organization. While he spent some time with the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL, adjusting to North American hockey, Radil still managed to get into 36 games with the Sharks, scoring seven goals and picking up 11 points. The 29-year-old then opted to re-sign for a slight pay cut ($700K), but saw more time this past year with the Barracuda as the forward struggled keeping up with NHL and sometimes with AHL skaters. Radil played in just 14 games with the Sharks, going scoreless and averaging just 9:24 in ATOI. He will return to Spartak where he scored 41 goals over three seasons before joining the Sharks organization.
The Sharks have a number of pending unrestricted free agents they must make decisions on whenever the offseason gets underway, including forwards Joe Thornton, Melker Karlsson, Stefan Noesen, Jonny Brodzinski, Anthony Greco, defensemen Tim Heed, Dalton Prout, Brandon Davidson and goaltender Aaron Dell.