Former Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell has signed with the San Francisco Bulls and is expected to be in the lineup Wednesday when the ECHL team faces the Colorado Eagles at the Cow Palace.
"I was getting the itch to play so I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to come out," Mitchell said Monday. "I figured if the lockout ends, I'll have a couple weeks of some good practices and a couple games maybe."
Mitchell said he has stayed in touch with former teammate Ryane Clowe, who has been coaching the Bulls, and that prompted the decision to sign with San Francisco.
"I'll try to help them out and they'll be helping me out, keeping me in shape," said Mitchell, who has been skating and working out in Vermont and his Montreal hometown during the lockout.
Mitchell played in 280 games with the Sharks over six seasons, scoring 30 goals and adding 43 assists. He signed a three-year, $5.7 million deal with the Minnesota Wild in July when his contract expired with the Sharks and they did not offer an extension.
"We know how much of a fan favorite Torrey was with San Jose," Bulls president and head coach Pat Curcio said. "We expect Bulls fans to feel the same way when they see him play at the Cow Palace."
Mitchell, 27, notched a career-high 10 goals as a rookie in 2007-08, then missed the next season with a series of injuries that started with a broken leg in training camp. He had nine goals and 10 assists in 76 games with the Sharks last season.