Sharks keep Torres in San Jose as well
June, 20, 2013
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com
The San Jose Sharks run a tidy little ship, don’t they?
A few days after agreeing to a five-year, $30 million contract extension with star center Logan Couture, Sharks GM Doug Wilson inked pending UFA winger Raffi Torres to a three-year, $6 million deal.
In both cases, I would argue Couture and Torres bent a little to give the team flexible deals. As one agent told ESPN.com in the wake of Couture’s deal, most players of his stature could be getting the maximum eight-year deals and likely more than $6 million per year. And Torres, no matter what you think of his suspension history, played well for San Jose after arriving from the Phoenix Coyotes and was noticeably warmly welcomed by his new teammates.
When he's on his game, Torres is a bargain at $2 million. But this speaks to the Sharks’ culture the past few years of players giving a little in order to ice the most competitive team possible.
San Jose doesn’t have a contract that has more than five years left on it, giving the team flexibility moving forward. Up next: key center Joe Pavelski, who has one year left on his deal. Contract talks already began with his camp and will continue in earnest.
Also, you can expect the Sharks to make the extension of coach Todd McLellan’s contract official next week.
What will be intriguing as the Sharks' offseason progresses is what Wilson decides on the Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau fronts. Both veteran stars have one year left on their deals. I know Thornton loved the way his teammates responded late in the season after all the trades, the new energy the Sharks had and the way they played more like a team than in years past. So my sense is Jumbo wants to stick around.