San Jose Barracuda forward Nathan Todd doing addressing the media after a game
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San Jose Sharks unexpectedly cut ties with their AHL leading scorer

Published June 11, 2024 at 6:45 PM

The San Jose Sharks made an odd announcement today as they have terminated the contract of their top AHL scorer Nathan Todd.

While Capfriendly has been bought by the Washington Capitals, they will continue to operate until after the draft. As such, they quickly reported the transaction when it appeared this morning.

The #SJSharks have placed F Nathan Todd on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination.

Todd, 28, had a breakout season this year with the Barracuda, putting up 19 goals and 55 points in 69 games with the Barracuda. His previous career high came in the 2020-21 season when he put up 32 points in 36 games with the Manitoba Moose. As such, it seems that he wasn't terminated for on-ice reasons.

The #SJSharks have placed forward Nathan Todd on unconditional waivers for the purpose of contract termination, per @CF_Transactions. Todd, 28, led the Barracuda with 55 points in 69 games this past season. Had one year left on his two-year, two-way deal.

Sharks fans immediately began to speculate as to why this move came. Many are concerned about the team culture, especially at the AHL level, as veterans leaving the team early has become a trend for the Barracuda.

He probably wants out. This happens ever year and if I was the Sharks I'd figure out why no veterans want to stay with the AHL team.

One theory is that the team is not paying their veteran players enough. The Bay area is certainly one of the more expensive areas in the entire country to live so that could be a factor as to why some of these players are choosing to leave.

Although it's totally on Todd's agent to negotiate a better minors salary, I think the Sharks/Cuda may need to do a bit of soul-searching when it comes to paying minor leaguers. It's pretty damn expensive to live there and vets keep on leaving. All of this is speculation though.

It is also possible that the team culture is broken. The coaching staff is certainly inexperienced, as head coach John McCarthy had no previous coaching jobs. Could they be the reason the culture around the team seems so fragile?

Source: HouseofHockey
San Jose Sharks terminate the contract of their leading AHL scorer Nathan Todd
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