The San Jose Sharks have locked up center Torrey Mitchell with a three year deal that was announced on Tuesday.
Mitchell missed the entire 2008-09 regular season with a broken leg, but returned for four postseason games and provided a spark to the Sharks.
The newly signed contract is part of a fresh start for Mitchell that has him locked in with the Sharks for three years and he is excited for his first regular season game.
“I’m happy the business side has been squared again and am excited to get going again and to play a full season,” said Mitchell. “I only played last year in the playoffs and it was just a taste.”
For Mitchell, he missed the game he loves so much last year, but it served to remind him how much he missed the live action.
“The four games I got into reminded me how much I missed the game,” said Mitchell. “I got to compete a little, and getting that feeling has me more excited for this year.”
Mitchell had extra motivation all year as he roomed with Devin Setoguchi and watched his teammate have a breakout year. Watching his friend’s accomplishments helped Mitchell keep a positive attitude during a harsh hockey season.
“Staying with him made it better,” said Mitchell. “He was always coming home in such a good mood that I couldn’t be in a bad mood.”
The two have been there to pick each other up on odd campaigns.
“He had the frustrating first season and I had a frustrating second season,” said Mitchell.
The frustrating part is over and now he can be part of the success on the ice with the teammates he is excited to spend the next three years with.
“I’m very excited to be here the next three years,” said Mitchell. “It’s a great organization to be a part of.”