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Mashinter returning to Sharks organization

The San Jose Sharks announced today that the club has signed forward Brandon Mashinter to a one-year contract.

Mashinter, 28, tallied 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points in 61 AHL games with the Rockford IceHogs last season, and was named the team’s most valuable player.

The native of Bradford, Ont., has skated in 471 career games in the AHL with Rockford, Hartford/Connecticut and Worcester, amassing 115 goals and 116 assists for 231 points.

Undrafted out of the Ontario Hockey League, Mashinter originally signed with San Jose on Mar. 3, 2009, and spent his first three-plus seasons as a professional in the Sharks organization. He made his NHL debut with San Jose on Dec. 29, 2010, and has played in 64 career NHL games with the Sharks, the New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks, notching four goals and an assist.