Sharks goalie Alex Stalock’s next contract could depend on more than just his performance.

Stalock, currently listed as a pending restricted free agent on, would become a Group 6 unrestricted free agent at season's end unless the team greatly increases the backup’s workload.

The 26-year-old would have to play at least 30 minutes in 14 more regular season or playoff games in order to qualify as a restricted free agent, thereby giving the Sharks more flexibility in contract negotiations. If he does not, he will be unrestricted, and could command a larger paycheck.

The Sharks have not yet had any conversations with Stalock about an extension, a source told

Stalock has played in 17 career NHL games, but only 12 of those for at least 30 minutes. He would have to reach 26 career games of at least 30 minutes by the season’s end to qualify as an RFA. The Sharks have 26 games remaining in the regular season.