San Jose Sharks re-sign or decline: Unrestricted free agent defensemen and goalies

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Tim Heed, Defenseman

The Sharks signed Tim Heed to a one-year extension worth $960k this past offseason after serving as a third-pair/seventh defenseman and playing in 37 games, recording 13 points (two goals, 11 assists), plus/minus of +9, 10 penalty minutes, and an average of 14:22 of time on ice for the team.

This season, Heed served in the same role, playing in 38 games and recording five points (one goal, four assists), -10 plus/minus, two penalty minutes, and an average of 13:00 of time on ice. Heed also recorded 30 blocked shots and 16 hits.

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Heed is a solid seventh defenseman as he’s played in at least 25 games in all of the past three seasons for the Sharks. He doesn’t take many penalties and uses his skating and positioning to make defensive plays as he’s on the smaller side for a defenseman at just 5-foot-11.

I think the Sharks should continue to keep re-signing Heed to one-year extensions worth around $950k. He’s proven to be a reliable depth defenseman that can put up solid numbers when called upon.

Decision: Re-sign