Update (6/30/18): The Sharks and Logan Couture have reportedly finalized an eight-year, $64 million contract extension, according to reports.
The Sharks like to reward their own with long-term extensions and Logan Couture is set to be the next player to receive contractual security.
According to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic and TSN, the Sharks are expected to announce an eight-year contract extension for Couture this weekend.
Monetary details were not immediately known.
The 29-year-old Couture has one year left on his current five-year, $30 million deal.
Last offseason, the Sharks signed goalie Martin Jones to a six-year extension and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to an eight-year extension. This offseason, they gave forward Evander Kane a seven-year, $49 million deal. Brent Burns signed an eight-year, $64 million extension prior to the 2016 season.
Couture just finished his ninth season with the Sharks. In 78 games, he scored 34 goals and had 27 assists.
Last week, the NHL set the 2018-19 salary cap at $79.5 million, giving the Sharks roughly $19.2 million to spend this offseason. San Jose recently traded Mikkel Boedker and bought out Paul Martin's contract to free up $6.8 million in cap space.
As the Sharks head to Minnesota to take on the Wild on Tuesday, a player who once called the Xcel Energy Center home is heating up.
Brent Burns has five points (all assists) in his last three games, while San Jose carries a four-game winning streak into Tuesday night's matchup. Fellow Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson is also heating up, as the Sharks' blue line-led offense is starting to materialize.
Minnesota, meanwhile, has won two of its last three after a 7-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 7. The Wild narrowly lost to the Calgary Flames on Saturday, and will wrap up their four-game homestand Tuesday night.
Here's how you can watch Sharks-Wild live online in the new MyTeams by NBC Sports app.
When: 5:00 p.m. PT on Tuesday, Dec. 18 (pregame show starts at 4:30 p.m.)
TV Channel: NBC Sports California
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The San Jose Sharks will look to make it five in a row as they close out their two-game road trip with a visit to Minnesota to take on the Wild.
Team Teal is coming off of a come-from-behind victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago last Sunday. After Chicago roared out to an early 2-0 lead, San Jose rallied to a 7-3 victory with all but five skaters tallied points in the contest. The Sharks now sit in third place in the Pacific Division, two points behind the Anaheim Ducks and five points behind the Calgary Flames.
Those same Flames beat the Wild 2-1 on Saturday in a fight-heavy contest. Top-scoring Wild defenseman Matt Dumba exchanged punches with Calgary bruiser Matthew Tkachuk just 40 seconds into the game, then didn’t play in the second or third period because he sustained an upper-body injury. It’s a big blow to Minnesota’s depth, which will be tested by a Sharks team coming in with four straight wins.
This is the second time this season the Sharks and the Wild will meet. In their previous meeting in San Jose, the Sharks won 4-3.
Sharks projected lines and pairs:
Evander Kane – Joe Pavelski – Joonas Donskoi
Tomas Hertl – Logan Couture – Timo Meier
Marcus Sorensen – Joe Thornton – Kevin Labanc
Melker Karlsson – Barclay Goodrow – Lukas Radil
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Radim Simek – Brent Burns
Brenden Dillon – Erik Karlsson
Martin Jones – projected starter
Wild projected lines and pairs:
Jordan Greenway – Eric Staal – Mikael Granlund
Zach Parise – Charlie Coyle – Nino Niederreiter
Jason Zucker – Mikko Koivu – Luke Kunin
Marcus Foligno – Joel Eriksson Ek – Erik Fehr
Ryan Suter – Jared Spurgeon
Jonas Brodin – Greg Pateryn
Nick Seeler – Nate Prosser
Devan Dubnyk – projected starter