Expect a lot of breaking news today as several teams across the National Hockey League are working on signing their free agents in order to prevent them from hitting the free-agent market which officially opens tomorrow.
While San Jose Sharks top forward Logan Couture would have only been eligible for free agency next summer, the Sharks did not want to take the risk of losing out of him and offered him on Saturday morning an eight-year, $64 million contract extension.
The announcement of this massive and lucrative signing will be made official tomorrow, as soon as Couture is allowed to ink the extension.
Couture had a breakthrough season for the Sharks, tallying 34 goals which beat his career best 32 in the 2010-11 season. He also notched 27 assists to add to a 61 point total. Couture’s extension take hims through the 2025-26 season and he would join Brent Burns, Evander Kane, Marc-Edouatd Vlasic and Martin Jones as Sharks signed through at least 2023-24.
The 29-year old was picked in the first round, ninth overall, by the Sharks in the 2007 NHL Draft. He has spent his entire nine year career with San Jose, recording 213 goals and 224 assists in 582 games.
Next season, Couture will be playing the final season of a five-year, $30 million contract and now will not have to enter the free agency madness.
The Sharks have been quite busy lately, not only attempting to re-sign Couture, but also being greatly active in the John Tavares sweepstakes. The team met with the coveted free agent on Tuesday and now patiently await for his decision.
A lot of people say Toronto and San Jose," explained NHL insider Bob McKenzie on Friday while talking about Tavares' situation. "Some people said Toronto and Dallas. Boston and Tampa don’t seem to get mentioned as often and it’s obviously a lot more complicated for Tampa, but honestly, I have no idea. Maybe John Tavares will pull a rabbit out of his hat and say ‘Yeah, Tampa start clearing cap space because I’m coming.’ But with the Kucherov deal to sign, and so many other things, I’m not sure how they go about that.
When the meetings first started, David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period reported that there is a massive offer already on the table for the Islanders captain. The Islanders have made him an offer on Saturday, and once again, according to Pagnotta, the offer is believed to be an eight-year contract, worth $88 million.
If ever Tavares does not accept the Isles' current offer before the end of the day on Saturday, he can still sign a seven-year contract with them, or any team, on Sunday.
So the Sharks remain quite busy...