Saturday, March 8, 2014
The Associated Press
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Defenseman Andrew Ference, for instance, won't be re-signed and his place will likely be filled by Dougie Hamilton, Matt Bartkowski and Torey Krug, who all played in the postseason.
"We're losing not just a good player but also a leader in the dressing room and everything else," Julien said of Ference. "He's always gone above and beyond with the little things in the dressing room and everything that comes with it. He's been a good teammate, smart."
Ference played in just 14 of 22 playoff games with two assists.
"He's been part of this, what we've built here. (He brings that) warrior-type of attitude and playing style for his size," Chiarelli said. "You can't say enough about his leadership and what he's brought to our organization. It was a tough conversation to have."
Forward Jaromir Jagr, the game's leading active scorer who was acquired at the trading deadline from Dallas, didn't score in the postseason and will also not be back. The 41-year-old native of the Czech Republic, who has been on three teams the last two seasons, hopes to find another this summer.
"I thought he spread out our power play, which helped our power play," Chiarelli said. "I was real happy with Jaromir. I thought he really helped that cause."
Chiarelli also would like to re-sign backup goalie Anton Khudobin but wants to lock up starter Tuukka Rask first. Rask is looking for a long-term deal.
"That would be an ideal situation, I think, to play here forever," he said. "I hope we can make that happen."
Chiarelli has not made a decision yet on veteran defenseman Wade Redden, a late-season acquisition who played sparingly in the postseason. Forward Jay Pandolfo will not be re-signed.
SHARKS: San Jose re-signed low-scoring forwards Andrew Desjardins and James Sheppard before they could become restricted free agents next month.