Sharks Sign Defensemen Westgarth, Kinch
GM Doug Wilson Inks Free Agents Brett Westgarth, 26, and Matt Kinch, 28
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed free agent defenseman Brett Westgarth to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Westgarth, 26, split the 2007-08 season between Iowa of the American Hockey League and Flint of the International Hockey League. In 37 games with Iowa, he posted five points (2-3=5) and 89 penalty minutes. In 27 games with Flint, Westgarth posted 12 points (2-10=12) and 39 penalty minutes.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Amherstburg, Ontario played college hockey at Princeton. In his four years there, he registered 24 points (4-20=24) in 114 games. Undrafted, he signed as a free agent with Syracuse (AHL) following the conclusion of his senior season in 2006-07 and played in five games registering one assist (0-1=1) and six penalty minutes.

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed free agent defenseman Matt Kinch to a one-year contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Kinch, 28, spent the 2007-08 season with Binghamton of the American Hockey League. In 73 games played, he tied for second among team defensemen with 25 points (9-16=25) and accumulated 73 penalty minutes.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defenseman has spent parts of four seasons in the AHL. He has appeared in 246 AHL regular season games with Hartford and Binghamton posting 82 points (18-64=82) and 143 penalty minutes.

Kinch played in Europe for three seasons from 2004-07, including time in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Prior to his professional career, he spent five seasons with Calgary (WHL) appearing in 320 regular season games and registering 240 points (63-177=240).

The Red Deer, Alberta native was originally selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the fifth round (146th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.