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This week the San Jose Sharks signed top defenseman Brent Burns to an 8 year $64 million contract extension. This extends Burns existing contract, which was due to expire in July through to the 2024 season. This is the longest contract signed by any Sharks player in their 26 year history. This is a good indicator that Burns will be one of the players that the Sharks organization chooses to protect during the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft. There is however not a no movement clause attached to Burns' new contract. According to the details published by the Sharks Burns will have a limited trade clause. He will be earning $10 million a year for the first 4 years and then a $5 million annually for the reminder of the contract.
Brett Burns has played a total of 816 games in the NHL earning 439 points with 148 goals and 291 assists. So far this season Burns has continued to be one of the most dependable and highest performing members of the team with 18 points consisting of 8 goals and 10 assists in the 20 games played. He had been in the running for the Norris trophy for the last several years and is undoubtedly among the best defensmen in the NHL today. Over his career he has 535 penalty minutes, and has scored total of 50 power play goals. As a Sharks fan I am pleased that Burns, aka Chewbacca, will continue to wear the Sharks uniform for the foreseeable future. Also in pending unrestricted free agent status this season are Joe "Jumbo" Thornton and Patrick Marleau. It will be interesting to see over the coming months what happens with these other two potential major contract extensions, as well as with the expansion draft. What next season's Sharks team will look like is still uncertain as they are one of the few teams who have no players with no movement clauses that will be required to be protected during the expansion process.