NHL Free Agency 2012: Torrey Mitchell Leaves Sharks, Signs With Wild

The San Jose Sharks saw one of their homegrown players leave town on Sunday as Torrey Mitchell signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. He is set to reportedly earn $1.9 million a season, which isn't bad considering his inconsistent play last season with the Sharks.

Mitchell played primarily on the third line in 2012, scoring just nine goals. He was not a favorite of the coaching staff and was even a healthy scratch twice, according to Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area.

In four seasons with the Sharks, Mitchell, 27, had 30 goals and 43 assists for 73 points and 152 penalty minutes in 280 career games. He was originally drafted by San Jose in the fourth round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

The departure of Mitchell really doesn't come as much of a surprise, and it won't be too tough for San Jose to find a replacement.

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