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Hertl signs four-year contract with Sharks

Forward was restricted free agent

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Tomas Hertl signed a four-year contract with the San Jose Sharks on Monday. Financial terms were not released.

 

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The 24-year-old forward, who was a restricted free agent, had an NHL career-high 22 goals and tied his career high with 46 points in 79 games last season. He led the Sharks with six goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and had nine points in 10 games.

"I think I took another step [in the playoffs], but I'm not done," Hertl told NBCS Bay Area. "I think I can still be a little bit better player and show I can score more goals and be even better for [the] team."

San Jose selected Hertl in the first round (No. 17) of the 2012 NHL Draft. He has 170 points (81 goals, 89 assists) in 328 NHL games, including four goals in his third NHL game, against the New York Rangers on Oct. 8, 2013. He has 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 43 playoff games.

"Tomas took a big step forward last season, both on and off the ice, and we feel that he is just starting to hit his prime," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "He has the ability to be a dominant player in this league and proved during the playoffs that he can take over any given game with his combination of skill and strength. His capability to play both center and the wing gives our team some flexibility, and he has one of the most infectious personalities in our dressing room. We're excited he made this commitment to our organization."

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