Pending UFA Alexander Barabanov Reveals Intentions On His Sharks Future

With just one season left before he's set to become an unrestricted free agent, top-six winger Alexander Barabanov has revealed his thoughts on his future with the 
San Jose Sharks: He wants to be there long-term.

The 29-year-old says he's looking for some long-term security on his next deal, and he wants it to be in San Jose with the rebuilding team. He posted a career-high 47 points on 15 goals and 32 assists and established himself as a solid second-line forward last season.

I try to not think too much about this. Just try to work hard and do my job. That’s it. Because if you think too much, it doesn’t help you.

Of course, I want to stay here. My two babies were born here and I like the group here. That’s it. But it’s a business, so we’ll what happens. 

                                                                                — Alexander Barabanov 

Per Sharks beat writer Curtis Pashelka, general manager Mike Grier confirmed that he's open to considering re-signing a couple of veteran pending UFAs like Barabanov and Anthony Duclair to fill a leadership role for the otherwise young group he's assembling. 

“I think this guy is just scratching the surface,” head coach David Quinn said of Barabanov. “He’s a really smart player, he’s competitive. I think he spent a lot of time improving his shot. He looks a little bit quicker right now. So I think there’s another level for him to get to but I liked his game last year.”

Barabanov's two-year, $5 million contract is set to expire at the end of the coming season. He's totaled 28 goals and 93 points in 147 games with San Jose entering his 3rd full year with the Sharks. 

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