The San Jose Sharks have re-signed Alexander Barabanov and Jacob Migna

SAN JOSE – The Sharks have locked up two of their biggest suspended free agents, and have signed striker Alexander Barabanov and defender Jacob Migna to two-year contracts.

Barabanov’s deal is worth $5 million with an average annual value of $2.5 million. For each source, the contract contains a $1 million signing bonus for the upcoming season and a $500,000 signing bonus for 2023-2024.

Per CapFri Friendly, Barabanov’s deal also contains an amended no-trade clause providing a list of 10 teams that cannot be traded in the next two years.

A source said the deal for Megna is $750,000 next season and $775,000 in 2023-2024. The deals were announced Monday morning.

It’s a big plus for Barabanov, 27, who signed a one-year, $1 million extension with the Sharks last May, one month after his acquisition from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Ante Sumela.

But Barabanov played a top-six with a side that featured all season, staying mostly alongside first-place Thomas Hertl as he racked up a career high with 39 points, including 29 assists, in 70 games. Barabanoff also averaged 17:11 ice time per game, the fourth-highest number of shark attackers.

“Alexander has had a very good year in the NHL, which has shown that he is a consistent producer and playmaker,” Sharks interim general manager Joe Weil said in a statement. “Combined with his determination and hard work, he has the potential to improve on his success in the past year.”

Megna, 29, scored eight points in 44 games with a team that participated this season. The team never made it out of training camp and was later named the Barracuda captain, but played six NHL games in the fall after four of Sharks’ defenses tested positive for COVID-19.

Megna then got another chance to play for the big club in early January after Mario Ferraro tested positive for the COVID virus. Megna stayed with the Sharks for the rest of the season, averaging over 19 minutes per game. Before the All-Star break, he played quite a few games with a broken ankle that later required surgery.

Megna and Sharks forwards Sasha Chmelevski and Thomas Bordeleau will play for Team USA in the IIHF World Championships starting later this month in Finland.

“Jaycob is a reliable player who defends well. He is a high-ranking person who was recently honored by Team USA and will play for his country at the World Championships,” said Will.

The deals, per CapFri Friendly, leave the sharks about $5.6 million in maximum space for next season, as they already have an expected ceiling of $76.8 million.

The other outstanding sharks in the UFA are forwards Ryan Dzingel and Jayden Halbjoacks, defender Anthony Pettito and goalkeeper Alex Stalock. The 25-year-old has played three games with the Sharks this season and finished second to Barracuda with 41 points in 59 games.

The Sharks have several restricted free agents, including strikers Chmelewski, Noah Gregor, John Leonard, Jona Gadjovich, Jonathan Dahlin, defenders Mario Ferraro and Nicholas Milosz, and goalkeeper Kabo Kahkkonen.

Leonard, Dalin, Milosz, and Kahkkonen have arbitration rights.

note: Gregor was officially named to Team Canada for the World Championships on Monday. Gregor scored 23 points in 63 games this season.

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