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Sharks sign Vlasic to five-year extension

Wednesday, 07.11.2012 / 5:11 PM / News

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Sharks sign Vlasic to five-year extension
The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year contract extension.

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year contract extension. No terms were disclosed, but multiple media reports say the deal is worth $21 million, an average annual value of $4.2 million.

Vlasic, 25, finished third on the Sharks and first among defensemen with a plus-11 rating in 2011-12. He has been a double-digit plus player in five of his six seasons in the NHL. He also led the team and was tied for 12th in the NHL with 171 blocked shots, including a franchise-record eight blocks on Dec. 23 against Los Angeles. He was named the NHL Second Star for the week of Nov. 14-20 when he tallied seven points and was plus-7 in three games, including a career-high four-point, plus-5 game on Nov. 17 vs. Detroit.

In six seasons with San Jose, Vlasic has appeared in 471 games, scoring 22 goals and adding 111 assists for 133 points. He ranks 11th in franchise history in games played, and his plus-62 career rating is second. His 471 regular-season games rank second among all players selected in the 2005 NHL Draft -- the Sharks took him in the second round (No. 35).

"Marc-Edouard has grown into an important part of our organization over the last six seasons," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He can play in all situations and has blossomed into a very trusted player on both sides of the puck. We are very happy to have him on our team for the next six seasons."

Vlasic has played in 68 playoff games, contributing nine assists. The Montreal native represented Canada at the World Championship in 2009 and 2012.

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