What Ferraro extension means for Sharks' salary cap situation originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
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Re-signing Mario Ferraro answers one big San Jose Sharks’ cap question.
This is what their cap situation looks like after bringing back RFA Ferraro with a four-year, $13 million dollar contract.
You’ll notice 12 forwards, eight defensemen, and three goalies to form an unusual, but just cap-compliant 23-man roster. The cap is $82.5 million for the 2022-23 season. You can also exchange waiver-exempt blueliner Nikolai Knyzhov for a forward. Knyzhov has been away from hockey for a year because of a groin injury and a post-surgery infection, so starting the season in the AHL isn’t an outlandish way for him to regain his timing.
Teams, of course, can go 10 percent over the salary cap during the off-season.
The San Jose Sharks still have to re-sign RFAs Noah Gregor and Jonah Gadjovich, but don’t expect either young forward to command much over the veteran’s minimum of $750,000.