The San José Sharks have re-signed center Logan Couture to a five-year deal worth $6 million per year. Couture was drafted 9th in the 2007 NHL Draft , and has developed into one of the top young talents in the game over his first four seasons in San José. His extension will not kick in until after the 2013-14 season.
Last season Couture played in all 48 regular-season games. Scoring 21 goals to rank 10th in the League, and finishing with 37 points. He also added five goals and 11 points in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff. Logan has been a 30 goal scorer in the last two seasons. Couture has 89 goals and 167 points in 232 regular-season games. He has 17 goals and 33 points in 49 postseason games.
Couture is often placed in the “young superstars” category with the likes of Jeff Skinner, Patrick Kane and Tyler Seguin. Each of those players received contract extensions within the last year similar to Couture’s, with an annual salary in the ballpark of $6 million.
This deal is a steal for the San José Sharks. They have just put Couture in the core of their team. While the Sharks signed Couture there is still working to be done in San José.
With Couture locked up, that leaves Sharks general manager Doug Wilson with one less question going forward. His long-term plans for Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle, who will enter next season on the final years of their deals barring an extension, still remain to be seen.(yahoo.com)