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Logan Couture's contract extension with the San Jose Sharks is worth $30 million over five years, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.
Couture and the Sharks announced the agreement early Tuesday morning. The contract, which starts with the 2014-15 season, can't be officially signed until free agency opens July 5. It's a well-deserved raise for the 24-year-old Couture, who scored 21 goals and 37 points in 48 regular-season games and then added five goals and 11 points in 11 postseason contests.
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The San Jose Sharks have agreed to terms on a contract extension with center Logan Couture.
TSN and ESPN.com reported Monday night that the deal is a five- or six-year extension. The contract cannot be officially signed until July 5. A first-round pick by the Sharks in 2007, the 24-year-old Couture has been San Jose's top goal-scorer the past two years. In 48 games last season, the Guelph, Ont, native scored 21 goals and added 16 assists. In 232 career NHL games, he's scored 89 goals and 78 assists with a plus- 31 rating.
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Sharks GM Doug Wilson hinted that his team might sign Joe Pavelski and Logan Couture to contract extensions this summer.
"We have a lot of flexibility going forward. We have lots of flexibility in two years, which ties into some of the players that you're asking about us signing this summer," Wilson in reference to Couture and Pavelski. "We've been fortunate to have players that understand what we're trying to accomplish. We're not a team that's going to miss the playoffs for five or seven years and go into a rebuild. We don't believe in that. We want to reset on the fly, and it only works when you have players that understand what it is we're trying to accomplish, and participate in it." Couture is scheduled to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2014 while Pavelski is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent at the same time. Locking them both up now would go a long way towards solidifying the core of San Jose's offense for years to come.
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CSNBayArea.com writer Kevin Kurz says that the Sharks' number-one priority this offseason should be giving Logan Couture a long-term deal.
The 24-year-old has a year remaining on his current deal at $3 million, but it would behoove them to get something done now, even if he's just a restricted free agent next season. Couture has developed into one of the great young stars in the game, earning an All-Star nod in 2012 and twice being a 30-goal scorer. He had 21 goals and 16 assists in 48 games this year.
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Logan Couture suffered a sprained ankle in Game 3, but played through the injury.
The Sharks were eliminated by the Kings in seven games. Couture had a goal, no assists, and a minus-three rating in the final four games of the Sharks' playoff run. That's a noticeable decline from his earlier success in the postseason, but Couture insisted the injury didn't impact his play.
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Whether by design or will, the Los Angeles Kings have tended to dominate the final five minutes or so of nearly every period in their Western playoff series against the San Jose Sharks.
That changed Sunday night during the Sharks 2-1 victory. This time, the Sharks were more prepared, skating on their toes instead of their heels, blocking shots, making sure the puck stayed as far away from goalie Antti Niemi as possible. In fact, the only save Niemi had to make in the final two minutes was off a 62-foot slap shot by Kings defenceman Slava Voynov. "We put good puck pressure on them," said Sharks center Logan Couture. "That's one thing we haven't been doing."
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The Sharks have not lost any faith in their power play, which ranks fourth in the NHL at 23.3 percent for the playoffs, but realize the unit will need to execute better than it did Thursday during a 3-0 loss in Los Angeles if they hope to extend the series.
With the man-advantage in Game 5, the Sharks went 0 for 3 and mustered just four shots on goalie Jonathan Quick as the Kings skated to a 3-0 victory to take a 3-2 series lead. The Sharks are 0 for 10 on the power play in their three losses to the Kings, and 3 for 9 in their two victories. Because they do have 10 power-play goals in the playoffs -- second most in the league behind Pittsburgh -- the Sharks believe their issues in Game 5 are easily correctable. "It was our passing, it was our timing, our breakouts," center Logan Couture said. "We've had a good power play all year, and in these playoffs the power play's really carried us to where we are right now. Especially our first power-play unit, it was so bad (Thursday)."
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Logan Couture hated the way the Sharks played with the man advantage on Thursday.
"The power play was brutal," Couture said. "Passes weren't on, guys weren't shooting pucks, breakout was off, timing was off. There's 25 things that were wrong." The Sharks went 0-for-3 on the power play and suffered a 3-0 loss. They have to win Game 6 on Sunday to force a Game 7.
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Logan Couture scored his fifth goal of the playoffs on the power play, leading the Sharks to a 2-1 Game 4 victory on Tuesday to even the series up at 2-2.
Couture originally did not receive credit for the game-winning goal, but the replay showed that the Dan Boyle point shot clearly ricocheted off of Couture and past Jonathan Quick. Couture led the Sharks with five shots on goal, and has been active all series, having tallied points in each of the past three games. Brent Burns opened the scoring in the first period with his second of the playoffs, while Joe Thornton received the first star of the game after notching an assist and playing well on the defensive side of the puck in the win.
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Logan Couture will play in Tuesday's Game 4 despite sitting out practice Monday.
Couture was injured during the second period of Game 3 but eventually returned to the game in time to score the gamer winner in overtime. He participated in today's morning skate and coach Todd McLellan confirmed Couture will play in Tuesday's crucial Game 4. The Sharks trail the Kings 2-1 in the series.