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Sharks ink forward Larose, defenseman Buckley

larose2_200.jpgThe San Jose Sharks, parent club of the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Cory Larose and free agent defenseman Brendan Buckley to one-year contracts.

Larose, who spent the 2007-08 campaign in Sweden, posted 83 points (22-61-83) in 63 games with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves during the 2006-07 season. He ranked second on the team with 137 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Larose (right) has racked up 334 points (120-214-334) in 372 regular-season AHL games with Houston, Hartford, and Chicago.

A native of Campbellton, New Brunswick, Larose was named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2001-02 with Houston and reached the 2005 Calder Cup Finals with Chicago.

All told, Larose has appeared in 63 Calder Cup Playoff games, making it to at least the third round three times in his career and recording 44 points (19-25-44).

Larose made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers during the 2003-04 season, posting one assist and four penalty minutes in seven games.
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Buckley (left), who played in Germany last season, posted nine points (2-7-9) and 107 penalty minutes in 63 games as captain of the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs during the 2006-07 season.

The 31-year-old has appeared in 501 career AHL games with Cincinnati, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Syracuse, the Worcester IceCats, Peoria, and Manchester, totaling 83 points (13-70-83) and 84 penalty minutes.

A Needham, Mass., native, Buckley reached the Calder Cup Finals in 2001 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and has totaled five assists in 54 career Calder Cup Playoff games. He played against the Worcester Sharks in the first round of the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs as a member of Manchester. Buckley was originally drafted by Anaheim in 1996.