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

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Aaron Dell, Goalie

Over the past four seasons, Aaron Dell has served as the Sharks backup goaltender. In these four seasons, Dell has played in 107 games, starting 89, and recording a .908 save percentage (SV%), 2.76 goals-against average (GAA), five shutouts, and .494 quality start percentage (QS%).

This season, Dell posted career-highs in games played and games started with 33 and 30, respectively. Over these 33 games and 30 starts, Dell recorded a .907 SV%, 3.01 GAA, no shutouts, and .500 QS%.

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Dell’s first two seasons were great. Playing in 49 games, starting 39, he posted a .923 SV%, 2.32 GAA, three shutouts, and .603 QS%.

However, like starter Martin Jones, Dell has struggled over the last two seasons. In 58 games (50 starts), he has recorded a .897 SV%, 3.09 GAA, two shutouts, and .400 QS%.

Although Dell started off really well, he has shown that he can’t succeed with a subpar defense. I think the Sharks would be better off moving on from the 30-year-old.

He may be a cheaper option at under $2 million per year, but I think the Sharks should invest in a more established back up/platoon option that has proven they can play more than 30 games a season, like Thomas Greiss or Anton Khudobin.

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This could help cut down the games Jones plays if he continues to struggle.

Decision: Decline