San Jose Sharks sign Justin Bailey to one-year, two-way contract

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      The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Justin bailey to a one-year, two-way contract, the club announced on Monday.

      According to CapFriendly, the deal is worth $775,000 in the NHL and $300,000 if he stays with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate, the San Jose Barracuda.

      In 16 games with the Barracuda this season, Bailey has six goals and five assists for 11 points, leading the team in both goals and power play goals, and tied for second in overall scoring.

      Bailey has appeared in 82 career NHL games with the Vancouver Canucks, the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres. During his NHL career, he’s scored five goals and four assists for nine points.

      Last season with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors, Bailey scored 19 goals and 13 assists for 32 points in 58 games.

      Bailey, 28, was taken in the second round by the Sabres in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

      In 370 career AHL games across eight seasons, Bailey has 136 goals and 105 assists for 241 points, including a career-high 28 goals and 19 assists for 47 points through 53 games with the Utica Comets in 2019-20.

      It’s been a difficult start to the 2023-24 season for the Sharks. They have a record of 4-15-2, good for 10 points and dead last in the NHL.

      Thomas Hertl leads the team in scoring with 16 points, doubling the three-way tie for second with Mike Hoffman, Fabian Zetterlund and William Eklund, who have eight points, respectively.

      Hoffman leads the team in goals with six through 20 games.

      Mackenzie Blackwood has a 2-9-2 record in 15 appearances, posting an .897 save percentage and a goals-against-average of 3.80.

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