4:00pm: The Sharks have officially announced the deal, with GM Doug Wilson releasing a short statement:
Noah showed last season that he has the tools to be an effective player at the NHL level by utilizing his speed. We feel that he will elevate the competition among our forward group for a roster spot this season.
1:38pm: The San Jose Sharks have signed their final restricted free agent, inking Noah Gregor to a one-year, two-way contract according to Jason Gregor of TSN (his uncle). CapFriendly reports that the deal will carry an NHL salary of $750K, an AHL salary of $150K and a $200K minor league guarantee.
Gregor, 23, played in 30 games for the Sharks last season but still wasn’t able to contribute much offensively, recording just six points. The 2016 fourth-round pick has some upside in that department, but will be in a battle with many other forwards at training camp just to get a spot on the roster. The fact that Gregor is still waiver-exempt likely hurts him in that battle, as he’ll be able to be sent to the minor leagues without risk.
Still, there will certainly be a battle at training camp between Gregor and other signings like Nicholas Merkley or Lane Pederson, who are both eligible for waivers but could likely clear at the end of camp if necessary. How things shake out in San Jose is entirely unclear, especially with the speculation surrounding the futures of Evander Kane and Tomas Hertl.
One thing is certain and that’s the solid minor league salary that Gregor secured. He’ll be paid handsomely even if he’s not able to secure an NHL spot.