Per a team announcement, the San Jose Sharks have re-signed forward Steven Lorentz to a two-year contract. Per a club policy, the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Curtis Pashelka of Bay Area News Group is reporting that the deal has the following yearly financial structure:
- 2022-23: $950K
- 2023-24: $1.15MM
That structure means the deal will have an overall cap hit of $1.05MM.
Lorentz, 26, arrived in San Jose as part of the team’s compensation package for sending Brent Burns to the Carolina Hurricanes. In Carolina, Lorentz got into 67 games and scored eight goals and 13 points. Lorentz didn’t see much action in the team’s playoff run, getting into only five games, but he’s established himself as a scoring threat at the AHL level (he had 23 goals and 46 points in 61 games) and a depth piece at the NHL level.
In San Jose, Lorentz will have an opportunity to continue his development path and establish himself as a quality bottom-sixer. The Hurricanes’ special teams units were largely established and closed for Lorentz for most of the year, meaning Lorentz really could only show what he could do in even-strength situations.
If he can earn the trust of reported new head coach David Quinn, Lorentz could find himself in a greater role than he’d likely have gotten in Carolina. If Lorentz can be a capable penalty-killer on top of the energetic, physical play he already has shown he can provide, this will be a solid two-year investment for the Sharks.