As expected, the departures of Justin Braun and Joakim Ryan from San Jose have allowed for Tim Heed to return to the team. The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz reports that the Sharks have signed Heed to a one-year contract worth $960K. The righty defenseman should compete for a starting role moving forward.
Like many of their depth players, Heed was signed out of Sweden back in 2016 and showed off some offensive ability in his first year with the San Jose Barracuda in the AHL, where he 14 goals and 56 points in the 2016-17 season. The hope is that in a full-time role, Heed might be able to take his NHL game to a new level.
The 28-year-old has spent the last two years as the team’s seventh defenseman. He played 29 games in the 2017-18 season, followed by 37 games this season as he was one of the bigger beneficiaries in the second-half of the season when Erik Karlsson had his injury issues, even making three starts in the playoffs. However, with Braun and Ryan no longer in the picture, Heed becomes one of the obvious candidates to move into a full-time role, although it’s still likely that San Jose will go out and add some depth options to challenge Heed.