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Sharks Sign Brent Burns to Long-term Contract Extension

SAN JOSE - Brent Burns signed an eight-year contract extension, the Sharks announced on Tuesday.

The deal is worth a reported $8 million annually.

"Brent is one the most dynamic players in the National Hockey League and we're very excited to get this deal done," GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He has worked extremely hard to be an elite defenseman and at six-foot-five, 230-pounds, his abilities on this ice are unique and rare. I also want to thank Hasso Plattner and our entire ownership group for their commitment to our franchise and the fans in San Jose by stepping forward and making this commitment to Brent."

The contract keeps Burns in San Jose until the 2024-25 season. Arguably the team’s most popular player, Burns was a pending unrestricted free agent.

Burns, 31, has 16 points (7g, 9a) in 19 games this season, first in the NHL among defensemen. He finished in third place in voting for the Norris Trophy last season.

In 815 NHL games, Burns has posted 437 points (147 goals, 290 assists), along with 535 penalty minutes and 50 power play goals.

In 58 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Burns has posted 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists).

Off the ice, Burns has been active in his local and national communities, winning the NHL's Foundation Player of the Year award in 2015.

The six-foot-five, 230-pound native of Barrie, Ontario was originally selected by the Minnesota Wild in the first round (20th overall) of the 2003 NHL Draft. He was acquired by San Jose from Minnesota on June 24, 2011.

Sharks media services contributed to this report.
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