Aaron Dell Signs Extension with San Jose Sharks

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SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 25: San Jose Sharks goaltender Aaron Dell (30) stretches out to make a save during the second period of the regular season game between the San Jose Sharks and the New York Rangers held January 25, 2018 at the SAP Center in San Jose, CA. Final score: Sharks- 5, Rangers- 6. (Photo by Allan Hamilton/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a contract extension with backup goaltender Aaron Dell. The deal is for two years. Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reported that the deal was in the works earlier today. The deal is reportedly worth $3.8 million, for a cap hit or AAV of $1.9 million per season.

San Jose Sharks Sign Aaron Dell to Contract Extension.

In Dell, the Sharks keep a solid young backup goalie with potential to be more. This season he has played 25 games. He has achieved a .912 save percentage and a 2.71 goals-against average in those games. Compared to last season, his SV% has decreased this year from the lofty .931% he had in 2016-17, but he has played and started in more games. Over his short two-year NHL career the 28-year old has played solely for the San Jose Sharks, who he originally joined undrafted. He has played 45 games. His career GAA is 2.30 with a career SV% of .920.

What This Means for the Future.

It a good deal for the Sharks. Dell is an experienced goaltender and can be a reliable backup, but also has the potential to be given more responsibility in the net. Although he has not played in the NHL long, he has a wealth of knowledge in different leagues that he can contribute to the team and provide a reliable option should Martin Jones be hurt or struggling.

Dell had been rumoured to be involved in trade discussions leading up to the deadline, but with the move, the Sharks show that they are committed to winning now, and to having a strong tandem between the pipes.

 

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