Doug Wilson’s top offseason priority is done.
The Sharks have signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to an eight-year contract extension, and goalie Martin Jones to a six-year extension. Vlasic’s deal with worth $56 million ($7 million per season), while Jones’ is worth $34.5 million ($5.75 per season).
Vlasic will earn $7.25 million for each of the first six years of the deal, $7 million in 2024-25, and $5.5 million in 2025-26. Jones will earn $6.75 million for the first two seasons, $6 million in 2020-21, $5.5 in 2021-22, $5 million in 2022-23, and $4.5 million in the final year. Both contracts include modified no-trade clauses.
Both players, who will enter the last season of their current deals in 2017-18 and would have been unrestricted free agents next summer, made it known after the season that they preferred to remain in San Jose long term.
Vlasic, 30, has played his entire career in San Jose and has developed into one of the league’s premier shutdown defensemen. He has 254 points (53g, 201a) and a plus-129 rating in 812 career games with San Jose over 11 seasons, and was a part of Canada’s gold medal-winning Olympic team in 2014.
"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," Wilson said in a statement. "Both Marc-Edouard and Hasso Plattner stepped forward and committed to get this deal done now, and this helps solidify our blue line 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, 27, has established himself as one of the NHL’s better starting goaltenders in his two seasons in San Jose. He was acquired from Boston for a first round pick and a prospect on June 30, 2015.
A risk for the Sharks at the time due of the deal to his inexperience as a starter, the move has paid off for both team and Jones, who is 76-42-10 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in his two seasons in San Jose.
"We're very happy we could get this extension done with Martin and feel that he is just beginning to hit his peak in terms of growth and prime playing seasons," Wilson said. "He has proven that he is more than capable of excelling in high-pressure situations and big games, and we feel he has become one of the top goaltenders in the League. He is a calming influence in net for our team and we're excited to have him in net for us for the foreseeable future.”