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San Jose extends Vlasic: five years, $21 million

Jul 11, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

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The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

According to reports, the deal is worth $21 million — an average annual cap hit of $4.2 million.

Vlasic, 25, has spent his entire six-year career in San Jose, emerging as a solid top-four defenseman that rarely misses games.

Aside from a lower-body injury that cost him 17 contests during the 2009-10 season, Vlasic has played in at least 80 games every year, including all 82 during the 2011-12 campaign.

Last year, Vlasic was second on the Sharks in ice time with 23:09 per game, scoring four goals while adding 19 assists for 23 points.

Extending Vlasic is a savvy move by Sharks GM Doug Wilson. This year’s UFA market showed a noted price increase for top-four defensemen (see: Dennis Wideman and Jason Garrison) and by locking Vlasic up, the Sharks avoid him going unrestricted next summer.

Vlasic is heading into the final season of a four-year, $12.4 million deal that pays $3.1 million annually.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Great deal. Glad to see pickle in San Jose for another 6 years.

  2. sergio408 - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Great deal, wilson actually saved 2-3 million per year now than if he would have waited to re-sign pickles at the end of season.

  3. supr49er - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    He is a very underrated Dman. Great signing.

  4. NJgriffNC - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    pickles

  5. blomfeld - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    GOD SPEED TO THE GOLDFISH !

    This was probably a prudent signing … and the arrival of Larry Robinson on the scene is “guaranteed” to improve things, one way or the other. The bottom line is that the San Jose Sharks are a “quality” organization and they’re Californian brothers with us LA Kings. I wish them well going forward …

  6. bleedingteal4life - Jul 12, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    Let’s just hope he can keep the pick out of his own net this year.

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