It will be a one and done term in North America for Sharks winger Fredrik Handemark. The pending unrestricted free agent has decided to not try his hand in NHL free agency and will head back overseas. He won’t be returning to the SHL, however, as SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL announced that they’ve signed Handemark to a two-year deal.
The 27-year-old joined San Jose a little over a year ago, inking a one-year, entry-level contract in May 2020. It took a while for him to get his first taste of North American hockey though due to the delayed start to the pandemic. Handemark made the most of that time, returning to Malmo on loan and recorded 15 points in 25 games before being recalled.
Handemark made frequent appearances in our Taxi Squad Shuffle posts this season as he was involved in 25 separate transactions over the span of four months. Despite that, he still got into 14 AHL games where he had four goals and four assists plus eight NHL contests with the Sharks where he collected a goal while averaging 9:27 per night of ice time.
That’s not the type of production that would allow him to command a one-way deal on the open market so instead of seeking out a two-way pact, Handemark will now join one of the top KHL franchises. If he plays a big role there, perhaps he will be able to get another NHL opportunity when his deal is up in 2023.