Couture officially signed an eight-year, $64 million contract with the Sharks. With 10 seasons in the Sharks organization completed, Couture will solidify his veteran status on the team with eight more years. The 29-year-old has racked up 213 goals and 224 assists in 582 regular-season games, and he's added another 81 points in 96 postseason contests.
Couture is closing in on an eight-year, $64 million contract extension with the Sharks, Sportsnet reports. It sounds like the two sides are busy putting finishing touches on the mega-deal. Couture's current contract with the Sharks ($6 million AAV) wouldn't expire until July 1 of 2019, but it makes perfect sense for GM Doug Wilson to reach a deal with the prized pivot a year ahead of time. Selected ninth overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Couture's compiled 437 points (213 goals, 224 assists) over 582 career contests -- all with San Jose -- and he's been locked in on the team's No. 1 power-play unit. We'll keep you posted once Couture officially puts pen to paper on the new deal; perhaps that will happen Sunday when the free-agency signing period commences.
Couture had a helper on all of his side's goals in the third period, but it wasn't enough in a 5-3 loss to Vegas in Game 5 on Friday, Couture has five points in his past two games, all of them assists. He seems to have hit an offensive groove against the Golden Knights and should make for a strong play with the Sharks on the brink of elimination.
Couture provided assists on Tomas Hertl's and Joe Pavelski's goals, helping seal a 4-0 win over Vegas on Wednesday night in Game 4. Couture is now averaging better than a point per game, making him a very vital part of the Sharks' attack. The veteran has been able to best the Knights with both his goals (four) and assists (five), which has made him one of the toughest players to stop this postseason. Couture is prone to droughts, but more often than not he's been a strong option during this postseason.
Couture scored two goals, including the game-winner during double overtime, and recorded seven shots on net in a 4-3 victory over the Golden Knights on Saturday. The second-round series is tied 1-1. The veteran was all over the ice, posting the second-most time on ice for a Sharks forward in the overtime game (27:49). The Sharks will still need more of the same from Couture if they expect to make this a competitive series. During the 2016 postseason, Couture led the league with 30 points and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Finals. But last season, he had three points in six games, and the Sharks were eliminated in the first round. This playoff season, he has four goals and seven points in six games. If Couture keeps this up, the Sharks should continue to win.
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