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Sharks goalie Sateri bolts to KHL

May 19, 2014, 6:19 PM EDT

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After four years with San Jose’s AHL affiliate in Worcester, Harri Sateri is heading to Russia.

The Sharks farmhand has agreed to a deal with KHL club Vityaz Podolsk, per the league website. Sateri, 24, was San Jose’s fourth-round pick (106th overall) at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and spent this past season in Worcester after losing out on the gig as Antti Niemi’s backup to Alex Stalock in the preseason.

Stalock, of course, went onto appear in a career-high 24 games this season and briefly replaced Niemi in the playoffs, starting Game 6 of the club’s first-round collapse against the Kings.

While losing a third-string goalie that never played at the NHL level won’t shake the club to its core, Sateri’s departure really doesn’t help San Jose’s uncertainty in goal. Niemi is no sure thing to return for next season, especially after GM Doug Wilson suggested roster changes would be in store, and it’s unclear if the organization sees Stalock as a legitimate No. 1, given he turns 27 in July and only has 27 games of NHL experience on his resume.

 

  1. sjsharksfan11 - May 19, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Just lost the #1 goaltending prospect. Oh well……Anything that puts Wilson in a pickle and makes him look bad I’m a fan of. Whatever gets him out.

    • skr213 - May 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      #1 prospect?? How about lifetime minor leaguer? He was never close to being NHL caliber and didn’t appear to be headed in that direction. Also, you don’t like Wilson? So you don’t like undervalue contracts that allow us to maneuver under the cap and/or trade those contracts when needed? You don’t like a farm system that has resulted in a plethora of young talent ready to take the helm for the team? You don’t like short contracts so no one is tied up long term? Tell us more oh GM genius about how you would run this team! (and don’t bring up the McGinn trade because that’s the one move of DW’s that I’d agree was stupid)

  2. sharksman - May 19, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    ouch, now they have to bring in someone to compete with stalok
    where is nittymaki when you need him lol

    • c9castine - May 19, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      scouting for the flyers

    • cardsandbluesforever - May 19, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      hey that Miller guy is for sure available now, he’ll work out great for you guys…

      • skr213 - May 20, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Yeah, because we need another guy who doesn’t mind losing and withers in the playoffs! :-)

  3. dontbsuchapuss - May 19, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Goaltending isn’t the problem it’s the crapy defense and lack of production with the supposed star players. It’s as bad as throwing the coach under the bus

    • nightfireop - May 19, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      no it’s character.

      • r8rbhawk - May 19, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        agreed, that team has a lot of talent, they just don’t have the X factor that is needed to take them to the next level.

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