The San Jose Sharks have locked up defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and goalie Martin Jones to long-term deals to kick off the NHL’s free agency period.
Both Vlasic and Jones were one year away from becoming free agents. The 30-year-old Vlasic finished with six goals and 22 assists in 75 games for the Sharks last season. For his career, the 2005 second rounder has 53 goals and 201 assists in 812 games.
Pierre LeBrun reports the team has signed Vlasic to an eight-year, $56 million deal and Jones to a six-year, $34.5 million deal.
Sharks have signed Marc-Edouard Vlasic to an 8-year, $56 million extension ($7 M aav) and Martin Jones to a 6-year deal worth $5.75 M aav
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2017
“We’re thrilled we could get this extension done early and ensure one of the League’s top defensemen will remain in San Jose for the long term,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a press release. “Both Marc-Edouard and Hasso Plattner stepped forward and committed to get this deal done now, and this helps solidify our blueline for years to come. Marc-Edouard has been an integral part of this team, both on and off the ice, and we are excited to have him in San Jose for at least the next eight years.”
Jones finished with a .912 save percentage and 2.40 goals against average last year and has a career .916 save percentage and 2.27 goals against average.