Reports early on Friday morning were suggesting, later confirmed, that the San Jose Sharks have agreed with one of their young snipers, Logan Couture, giving him a 2-year extension, which would kick in for the 2013 season. Couture was scheduled to become a restricted free agent in July 2012, but the Sharks have taken all the right precautions to see that it doesn't happen. The new deal is reportedly worth $5.75 million over the duration of the deal, which works out to a $2.875 million per season for a cap hit.
Couture became one of the Sharks' most consistent scorers in the 2011 season, scoring 32 goals and 24 assists in 79 games for the club. The Sharks will be looking for the same kind of production, if not a little bit more over the next three seasons, making good on his new deal.
The Sharks have not fared well with young goal scoring talent, seeing poor production after some very good years, Jonathan Cheechoo and Devin Setoguchi immediately spring to mind.