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Sharks Sign McNally and Cundari

(Originally published at Sports Radio Service)

The San Jose Sharks announced Thursday that they signed defensemen Patrick McNally and Mark Cundari.

The Sharks acquired McNally from Vancouver for a seventh round pick during the draft.  The 23 year old defenseman was originally drafted in 2010 by Vancouver and has just completed the fourth season of his collegiate career with Harvard. From the Sharks press release:

“Patrick is a player we have had our eye on for some time now,” said Wilson. “He  has been a very productive collegiate defenseman and Head Coach Ted Donato and the Harvard staff have done a tremendous job preparing him to take the next step. We’re excited for him to continue his development with our organization.”

Last season, McNally led the Harvard Crimson in points, goals, assists and game winning goals, and was tied for the ECAC lead in goals by defensemen. He was named to numerous collegiate All-Star Teams throughout his career, and was part of last season’s ECAC championship team. McNally is a native of Glen Head, New York. His contract with the Sharks is for two years.

Mark Cundari played last season with the Adirondack Flames, the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames. Prior to turning pro, Cundari played with the Windsor Spitfires under then coach Bob Boughner, now assistant Sharks coach. Last season, Cundari led all Adirondack defensemen in goals and points and tied for the lead in assists. He served as alternate team captain last season and, in 2012-13, he was named to AHL Western Conference All Star Team. He has played eight NHL games with the Calgary Flames, earning one goal and two assists. His contract with the Sharks is for one year.

CSN’s Tracey Meyers reports that former Shark Andrew Desjardins has re-signed for two years with the Chicago Blackhawks. Desjardins was traded to Chicago at the last trade deadline and proved a valuable asset in Chicago’s last Stanley Cup championship.

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