Breaking: Sharks buy out yet another contract

First Paul Martin and now this… Sharks continue to clear space.

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According to a report from Sportsnet senior writer and NHL insider Chris Johnston, the San Jose Sharks have placed forward Noah Rod on waivers for the purpose of contract termination.

The SJSharks have placed Noah Rod on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination.

While technically not a contract buyout, Rod is the second player this offseason that Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has elected to walk away from. You may recall that in the run up to free agency that Wilson bought out the final year of veteran defenseman Paul Martin’s contract, as well. The expectation at the time was that Wilson would use the cap space freed up by Martin's departure to lure in superstar John Tavares. We all know how that ended... In Rod's case, his $810,000 annual salary will not count against the Sharks' salary cap for 2018-19 and beyond, as both sides have elected to mutually terminate their agreement. In effect, they're ripping up the contract.

The 22 year old forward chosen in the 2nd round (53rd overall) by the Sharks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, will now hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The native of La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland is expected to sign a deal with his former team, Geneva Servette from the Swiss A League.

Rod managed just 11 games over two seasons with the Sharks’ AHL affiliate San Jose Barracuda, scoring one goal and five points along the way. The 6 foot, 190 pound winger most recently represented his native Switzerland at the 2018 International Ice Hockey World Championships, going pointless in 10 games. He was a point per game player in the World Junior Championships and, admittedly, seems to play with a little more fire and enthusiasm when representing his native country.

While Rod’s departure won’t be immediately felt by the Sharks, he was considered a decent B-level prospect within the team’s depth chart and with the Sharks’ current roster aging perhaps faster than any other team in the NHL, it was expected that Rod could push for a roster spot in the next season or two. Evidently, that’s no longer the case. Either Rod or the Sharks had other plans in mind, necessitating today’s decision.

So long, Noah Road. We hardly knew ‘ye.