Sharks Re-sign Brent Burns
TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the San Jose Sharks have re-signed defenseman Brent Burns to an eight-year contract extension. It’s believed to be worth an annual average value of $8 million per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burns is in the final season of a five-year, $28.8 million contract. The 31-year-old is among the league’s elite defensemen and would’ve been next summer’s top free agent had he opted to test the market.
Burns was a finalist last season for the James Norris Memorial trophy. He’s currently the league’s highest-scoring blueliner (16 points in 19 games). Last season, he finished second among defensemen with 75 points. He was also second in 2014-15 with 60 points. During the 2016 playoffs, he led all rearguards with 24 points and finished second among playoff scorers.
Given Burns’ stature among the league’s elite players, it’s not surprising the Sharks were willing to pay market value to keep him off the free-agent market. The term, however, is likely to raise eyebrows.
Burns will be 32 when his new contract kicks in next season, taking him up to age 40. That’s a risky move by the Sharks. While Burns is a fitness devotee, age and injury could catch up with him over the final years of that deal, leaving the Sharks with an expensive depreciating asset on their blueline.