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Sharks start extension talks with Braun

Jul 28, 2014, 5:42 PM EDT

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Justin Braun is still under contract through the 2014-15 campaign, but it looks like the San Jose Sharks don’t want him to even come close to testing the unrestricted free agent waters if they can help it. San Jose has already reached out to Braun’s agent, Neil Sheehy, although it sounds like the process isn’t moving quickly at this stage.

“Nothing yet. We will be talking more later in the month after Justin’s wedding (this weekend),” Sheehy told CSN Bay Area.

The 27-year-old defenseman averaged 20:59 minutes per game with San Jose in 2013-14, which was good for second on the team behind only Dan Boyle. With Boyle gone, Braun might be leaned on even more next season.

He’s currently signed to a three-year, $3.75 million contract and is in line for a sizable raise. Braun is one of four blueliners with the Sharks that are eligible to become unrestricted free agents in the summer of 2015. The other three are Scott Hannan, Matt Irwin, and Taylor Fedun.

  1. titansrbeast - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    One of the most under rated D men in the league. I hope he stays in SJ for years to come.

  2. sjsharksfan11 - Jul 28, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    Never seen a guy, outside of Mike Rathje, be on the ice for so many opposition goals

    • skr213 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Thumbs up for the Rathje hate, but I disagree re Braun. He’s a good young puck moving Dman. He needs to get better in his own end, granted, but as long as he’s paired with a stay-at-home Dman (as every puck moving Dman should be), they should be able to take care of each other.

    • skr213 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      P.S. He was a +19 last season.

  3. sjsharks66 - Jul 28, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Lock him up long term. Love having Braun in teal.

  4. skr213 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Extension?! Fire Wilson!!

  5. pantherpro - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    F the kings

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