The San Jose Sharks may have gotten a bargain out of Logan Couture.
A day after it was reported that the Sharks had signed Couture to a contract extension, TSN’s Bob McKenzie released the details:
Logan Couture’s contract extension with SJS is 5 years at $6 million per year. Can’t be signed til July 5. Makes $2.875M next season.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 18, 2013
That is a pretty good bargain for the Sharks, considering that Couture is just 24 years old and entering the prime of his career. Their currently highest-paid player is Joe Thornton, who is making $7 million.
Obviously, locking up Couture long-term was a priority for GM Doug Wilson, with the likes of Thornton, Patrick Marleau, and Dan Boyle aging. It is unsure how many good years these guys have left, and one day they will hand over the baton to Couture.
Drafted ninth overall in 2007 by the Sharks, Couture has developed into a solid, gritty, and skilled two-way player.
Couture scored 21 goals and assisted on 16 more in a lockout-shortened season. He went on to average a point per playoff game, and made his presence felt when it mattered most.
His 2012-2013 campaign followed up two superb 30-plus goal seasons. There is no doubt that Couture will be an impact player for years to come in the NHL.