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Eight More Years of Burnzie
By Victor Cabrera
As announced by the San Jose Sharks Brent Burns has agreed to an eight-year deal with the team. Burns was in his last year of his contract with the Sharks and was a potential Unrestricted Free Agent but the right move was made when the ink hit the paper to seal the deal this past Tuesday. San Jose now has their two-way defender signed through the 2024-2025 season. At age 31 with an eight-year contract, it looks like the remainder of Burn’s career will be in the Bay area with the Sharks. The contract is reported to be a $64 million dollar deal for eight years equaling eight million per year. A pretty penny for this defender but very much worth if after a huge regular and postseason in 2015-2016, leading to a Norris Trophy nomination. If his play continues it will be tough for his competition to deprive him of the Norris while leading his team to a good performance.
This season Burns has seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in the 19 games played so far. This great run that led to his contract extension was through the 2015-2016 season in which he played all 82 games scoring 27 goals, and dished out 48 assists for a total of 75 points in the regular season. In the playoff run of 2015-2016 Burns averaged one point per game playing 24 total games scoring seven goals and assisting 17 times for 24 points. It was a very consistent performance both defensively and offensively. Concluding the 2015-2016 season he won the World Cup of Hockey with Team Canada in a 2-0 series sweep over Team Europe to remain undefeated in the tournament. Burns has a good work ethic and is a vital part of the Sharks franchise which will continue with this contract extension.
This was a very smart signing for the Sharks as they now have their franchise defender and weapon locked in for what would be considered the rest of his career. Planning the future of the team with Burns in the plans was the right move as an NHL franchise. If the consistency sticks through the contract the Sharks will have more than made the perfect investment for themselves and the fans. A fan favorite of many with a big chance of another All-Star game appearance later this season if, he continues his spectacular play. The fans would hope for a Norris Trophy nomination and win at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season. Now to see what the future holds for this defenseman as we are only a quarter of the way into the season.
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