Brent Burns’ Contract Extension a Necessary Evil for San Jose Sharks

November 22nd, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

Brent Burns’ new contract with the San Jose Sharks is not a good deal. He’s certainly worth $8.0 million in the present, but with a term that stretches past his 40th birthday, the amount of risk associated with the pact would make it a nonstarter for a lot of different NHL teams.

For the Sharks, though, there was little choice but to secure Burns' services at whatever cost.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported details of the new contract Tuesday afternoon:

The important item here for San Jose is that Burns is locked down for the next few seasons.

The Sharks have been a good-to-very good team for years now, having made the playoffs in 11 of the last 12 seasons and winning at least one playoff round in eight of those campaigns. Despite last year’s run to the Stanley Cup Final, however, those days are drawing to a close as the club’s core pieces approach their best-before dates.

Burns is one of three players with more than 10 points for San Jose this season, and at age 31 he’s also the youngest. Joe Pavelski turned 32 back in July, while Joe Thornt ...

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