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The San Jose Sharks agreed to a contract extension with star center Logan Couture to keep him off the market next summer.
A person familiar with the deal confirmed the extension, which was first reported by Comcast SportsNet California. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the contract can't be signed until the free agency window opens July 5.
Couture is owed $3 million next season in the final year of a two-year, $5.75 million contract. Couture would have been eligible to be a restricted free agent next summer. The person would not say how long Couture's new deal would last but Comcast reported it was expected to be for five more seasons.
The 24-year-old Couture has emerged as one of the Sharks' top players the past two years in all facets of the game, becoming the team's most reliable goal-scorer, drawing the toughest defensive matchups and becoming a leader in the locker room. Couture is expected to become part of the formal leadership group next season, replacing the departed Ryane Clowe as an alternate captain.
Couture has led the team in goals the past two seasons, scoring 31 in 2011-12 and 21 during this lockout-shortened campaign. He is tied for seventh in the NHL with 84 goals over the past three seasons.
Couture has also been a strong postseason performer in his career, helping the Sharks make back-to-back runs to the conference final in 2010 and 2011 and leading the team's playoff charge this season. He has 17 goals and 16 assists in 49 career playoff games.
General manager Doug Wilson has historically done a good job of locking up his star players before they hit the open market, doing deals previously with players like Joe Thornton, Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns and Antti Niemi.
Locking up Couture was one of the biggest items on Wilson's to-do list this offseason as the Sharks try to improve on this year's playoff run, which ended with a Game 7 loss in the second round at Los Angeles.
The Sharks would also like to sign Pavelski to a new deal before he can become an unrestricted free agent in 2014 and want to bring back unrestricted free agent forward Raffi Torres, among others.
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The San Jose Sharks were fined the huge sum of $100,000 for GM Doug Wilson's comments on the Raffi Torres suspension. What did he say?
Saturday night's contest was "Must Win" for the San Jose Sharks, a loss would put the team in a deep 3-0 hole against the defending Stanley Cup Champion, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose's season would certainly be over with in LA victory. Luckily, for the San Jose Sharks the power play was working in Game 3. Just after the ice was cleaned to start the game...
Ryan Leong filling in for Cam Gore who is on assignment. Cam will be back for Game 4.
Logan Couture is coming of age.
Couture has been mentioned numerous times on this blog how important he is to this team and this game only punctuates how he is the unquestioned 'leader' now. Sure the Sharks still have Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau but even the fans are aware how...
Somehow the San Jose Sharks found a way to win Game 3 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings despite being without several players for various parts of the game.
To kick things off, the Sharks were already without Raffi Torres who has been suspended for the remainder of the series. They lost Martin Havlat at the first intermission...
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- Logan Couture scored a power-play goal 1:29 into overtime to help the San Jose Sharks bounce back from two losses in Los Angeles to beat the Kings 2-1 in Game 3 of their second-round series on Saturday night.
Dan Boyle scored a power-play goal early in the first period and Antti Niemi made 26 saves for the Sharks, who got the penalty calls to go in their...
Sharks defenseman Jason Demers has been out of the lineup since April 18 with a sprained left ankle, but he could return to the ice for Tuesday’s Game 4 against the Kings.
Demers says he’s ready to play, but the ultimate decision is with the coaching staff. If he is inserted back into the lineup, it may be at forward, with Adam Burish still unable to play, Raffi Torres suspended...
Logan Couture said he is “all good” to play in Game 4 Tuesday night against the Kings. Couture, who has developed into the Sharks’ primary offensive threat, was gone for most of the second period in Game 3 Saturday with a leg injury, leaving many Sharks fans in the Tank awaiting in their seats with soiled pants. Couture, of course, returned and went on to score the game-winner...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
* New rule: When a penalty is assessed at the 20:00 mark of a period, the next period shall begin with the faceoff in the offensive zone of the club on the power play and not at the center dot.
New rule: When a player intentionally is thrown out of the faceoff circle following an icing in order to give his team a few extra seconds...
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Its been said that a referee is doing a good job when he goes unnoticed.
However, just three games into the second-round playoff series between the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, the officiating has become front and center.
With just four seconds left in regulation and the Kings already a man down, Kings forward Trevor Lewis was called for goaltender...
The San Jose Sharks climbed back into their second round series via a 2-1 OT win over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night...
But the Associated Press's recap reports that the Kings were particularly upset with the ways in which the San Jose Sharks were awarded a 5-on-3 in overtime... Continue reading "Sharks’ OT win avoids 3-0 deficit, aggravates Kings,...
For all that the San Jose Sharks accomplished with their overtime victory over Los Angeles in Game 3, they know it will mean very little if they don't back that win up with another at home against the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings.
''We haven't accomplished anything,'' Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. ''We didn't get our work done in LA...
It appears that playing with Niklas Kronwall rubbed off on Brad Stuart. The San Jose Sharks defenseman laid Los Angeles Kings forward Justin Williams with this Kronwall-esque hit late in the first period. Stuart timed the hit perfectly and Williams could do nothing by the time he looked up and realized what was coming for him.
Is it me or do Logan Couture and Spongebob look alike?
Abuse of an official? Jonathan Quick used naughty words and that's abuse of an official? Whacking him over the head with his goalie stick, now THAT'S abuse of an official. Correctly calling someone an idiot is not abusive. If that were true, half my readers would be banned.
Kyle Clifford needs to get healthy and...
Just a few things that caught my eye:
Joe Thornton's first period might have been his most dominant playoff performance. Ever. Jumbo? Nope. Larger than life ... including the massive man beard.
Stick a fork in the Rangers. That stupid defensive system is sinking them. Bu-bye, Torts. Maybe Patrick Roy is holding out for a gig on Broadway instead of in Mile...
Via We All Bleed Red on YouTube, as a Wings fan, I sure miss Brad Stuart, and the Sharks defenseman made the highlight reels for the right reasons on Saturday--he delivered a hard but clean hit to Kings forward Justin Williams, who eventually got up and is playing for the Kings right now:
Hitting can be clean and devastating without deliveirng nasty injuries or controversy. Who knew?