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Wookie Noises! Burns Signs 8-year Extension

The force has been strong with this one since his arrival in 2011, and it will remain until 2024-25.  Tuesday afternoon saw the biggest contract signed by the San Jose Sharks.  Defenseman (and at times a forward) Brent Burns signed an 8 year, $64 million contract that will see #88 in Deep Pacific Teal for a long time.

Per Pierre LeBrun, the contract breaks down like this:
2017-18: $7 Million signing bonus, $3 Million salary
2018-19: $6 Million signing bonus, $4 Million salary
2019-20: $5 Million signing bonus, $5 Million salary
2020-21: $8 Million signing bonus, $2 Million salary
2021-22: $3.5 Million signing bonus, $4 Million salary
2022-23: $3.5 Million signing bonus, $3 Million salary
2023-24: $2 Million signing bonus, $3 Million salary
2023-24: $2 Million signing bonus, $3 Million salary

The length of the contract will be hotly contested but salary wise, this looks like a solid deal for San Jose if Burns’ quality of play diminishes near the end of the deal.  There is a limited No-Trade Clause, so there is wiggle room if needed for the Sharks.

Burns was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2017.  It is an interesting sign by Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson as in the past he was adamant about signing players to no more than 5-6 years maximum.  However, what “Burnzie” has provided this team with is something that the Sharks don’t have in the organization right now or in the foreseeable future: a puck moving, offensive minded, agile, big defenseman that can eat up over twenty minutes a night.

Off the ice, Burns is one of the most recognizable faces the San Jose franchise has ever had, he’s been a huge marketing icon in teal, and his charitable work has been recognized throughout the years.  In 2015, Burns was the recipient of the NHL’s Foundation Player of the Year award.  This past offseason, he was a finalist for ESPN’s 2016 Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award.  He has also been involved with United Heroes League (formerly Defending the Blue Line.)  He also hosts military family members and friend in his Burnzie’s Battalion suite at the Shark Tank since his arrival in 2011.

San Jose acquired Burns at the 2011 NHL Draft from Minnesota for Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle, and San Jose’s first round pick in 2011 which became Zack Phillips.  As of today, Coyle is the only player than remains on the Wild roster.  Since he has put on the teal sweater, Burns has 93 goals, 163 assists for 259 points.  He had career highs last season with 27 goals, 48 assists for 75 points, and all our Sharks franchise records for defensemen.  This season he has 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 19 games.

The Pucknologists Podcast will have more on the Burns signing later tonight.

About Erik Kuhre

A Finatic since day one, Erik is the Lead Editor, Graphic Designer, and Social Media Director for Pucknology. He is also host, of the only tweet-in Sharks postgame show, Pucknology After Dark. "Puckguy" is the creator of the hashtag #SharksFam and the #SharksTweetup, a special meetup prior to a Sharks home game, once a year, of many Sharks fans who converse together through Twitter. He has also been recognized by the Sharks organization as their Honorary Team Captain in 1993-94, along with the team's "7th Man" in 2003-04, as well as a finalist for the NHL's "7th Man" in 2004.

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