It was speculated early on Wednesday that the announcement the San Jose Sharks had set for 2:00 p.m. pacific was to extend defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, notably from David Pollak of the Mercury News. As it turns out, he was right, as previously noted, and the Sharks signed him to a five-year contract extension. This means he'll be with the team for the next six seasons, as he was already under contract for the 2012-13 season.
Kevin Kurz of Comcast SportsNet suggests the deal is for $21 million, which seems a great number for Vlasic. It averages out to $4.2 million per season and will begin at the start of the 2013-14 season.
"Marc-Edouard has grown into an important part of our organization over the last six seasons," said general manager Doug Wilson, in a statement released by the team. "He can play in all situations and has blossomed into a very trusted player on both sides of the puck. We are very happy to have him on our team for the next six seasons."
Pollak had another Tweet after the deal was announced with a quote from Vlasic regarding a potential no trade clause/no movement clause. Vlasic said "Let's just say I'll probably be a Shark for the next six years." That's good news for Sharks fans, providing Vlasic can follow-up on his strong performance last season. He became one of the Sharks' top performers and now he'll be paid like one.
He played in all 82 games and was second on the Sharks in ice time with 23:09 per game. He's been with the Sharks for the last six seasons after being a second-round draft pick in 2005.