The Sharks said they wanted to add aggressiveness in the off-season and did just that Sunday with the signing of center Adam Burish to a four-year, $7.2 million contract in the opening hours of NHL free agency.
Burish played the last two seasons with the Dallas Stars after more than three with the Chicago Blackhawks. Prior to that, he played college hockey at Wisconsin with San Jose center Joe Pavelski when the team won the NCAA championship in 2006.
Averaging 12:47 ice time in Dallas last season, Burish had six goals and 13 assists as well as a plus-6 rating. He also killed penalties â" an area San Jose knows it needs to improve on after finishing 29th in the NHL.
"They understand the game I play," said Burish, who added he got a call from Sharks general manager Doug Wilson one minute after the free-agency period began at 9 a.m. PDT.
Burish said he wanted to come to a team that consistently competed for the Stanley Cup after missing the playoffs the last two seasons in Dallas.
"San Jose has always been so close," he said. "I always ask Joe what's missing. Maybe I can be that spark, that edge."
In other free agency news, former Shark forward Torrey Mitchell signed a two-year, $3.8 million contract with the Minnesota Wild where he is reunited with longtime friend Devin Setoguchi as well as Dany Heatley.