Feb 23, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture (39) skates with the puck during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeated the Sharks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks Sign Tyler Kennedy and Scott Hannan, Couture Extension Now Official

May 24, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Tyler Kennedy (48) skates up ice with the puck against the Ottawa Senators during the second period in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pittsburgh Penguins won 6-2 to close out the series. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Tyler Kennedy and defenseman Scott Hannan, the team announced.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Kennedy was signed to a two-year, $4.6 million deal, while Hannan received a one-year deal worth $1 million.

Kennedy, a pending restricted free agent, came to the Sharks in a trade before the NHL Draft last weekend. Last season for the Penguins, the 26-year-old Kennedy scored six goals and added five assists for 11 total points in 46 games.

Hannan was brought in before the trade deadline during the regular season. He played in just four games and did not record a point.


Couture Deal Official

The Sharks also announced that budding superstar Logan Couture was signed to a five-year extension worth $30 million. The deal was reported last month, but became official on Friday.

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.



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