Ozolinsh, who fought injuries while scoring just three points in
21 games for the New York Rangers last season, spent the past six
weeks proving his skills in the Sharks' organization, including a
short stint with their AHL affiliate in Worcester.
Ozolinsh was expected to be in the Sharks' lineup Friday night
against the Los Angeles Kings -- just over 12 years after San Jose
traded him to Colorado for Owen Nolan.
"He has worked very hard, and we look forward to him helping
this hockey club moving forward," Sharks general manager Doug
The 35-year-old Latvian spent his first 3½ NHL seasons with the
Sharks, setting the franchise's single-season record for defensemen
with 64 points during the 1993-94 campaign. He has 164 goals and
384 assists in his NHL career with San Jose, Colorado, Carolina,
Florida, Anaheim and the Rangers.
Ozolinsh entered the NHL's substance-abuse treatment program in
December 2005. A few days after the 2006 season ended, he was
arrested on a drunken driving charge that was later reduced to
driving while impaired.