As it currently stands, the San Jose Sharks have eight players on their current roster with contracts expiring this upcoming offseason. They recently took care of their biggest offseason chore in resigning defenseman Brent Burns. His offensive prowess and unique style of play on both ends of the ice helped him earn an eight-year $64 million contract extension. The remaining players with expiring contracts are: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Tommy Wingels, Melker Karlsson, Joonas Donskoi, Chris Tierney, Micheal Haley, and Mirco Mueller. Since there are a decent amount of players on this list, I will break them down in tiers determined by their value to the team.
Tier four is comprised of fourth-line forwards Micheal Haley and Tommy Wingels. Both have struggled to show that they must be resigned this offseason as result of their below-average play. Haley is not much more than an enforcer and Wingels has regressed every year since his breakout campaign in the 2013-14 season. He has been scratched recently as a result. However, they both bring a physical element to the ice that helps their case in terms of value. Both players could be resigned if they are willing to take cheap deals this offseason.
Tier four is the only player on the list who is not a forward. He is blue-liner prospect Mirco Mueller, who has had trouble finding his game at the next level. If the Sharks can get a cheap extension for him, they would be wise to sign him again as he is still young and has value.
Tier two contains forwards Melker Karlsson, Joonas Donskoi, and Chris Tierney. They all posses enough talent at both ends of the ice to play on any of the four lines and they are all still young and have more room to grow as players. Tierney is probably the most likely to be resigned because he is only 22 and is the only true center of the three. Donskoi and Melker have both shown flashes of talent that could keep them with the Sharks if there is enough cap space to allow it.
Tier three includes two former captains Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Both players have put in year after year in San Jose through good times and bad. They are also both entering possibly the last contract of their NHL careers and will try and gather as much money as possible. It would seem that both forwards want to stay in Northern California to end their careers. Unfortunately, with the heavy Brent Burns contract coming into play it will be difficult to accommodate both of them. The only way that it looks like it would work is if both of them take contracts under $4 million per year.
Predictions: Thornton ($5.5), Marleau (Free Agent), Karlsson ($2), Donskoi ($2.2), Tierney ($2.8), Wingels (Free Agent), Haley ($0.8), and Mueller ($1.2)