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Top 10 Moments of 2016-17: Burns Contract Extension

San Jose Sharks get 8 more years with #88

by Casey Krygier /

8 more with #88! Early this season, the Sharks re-signed defenseman Brent Burns to an eight season contract extension.

Tweet from @SanJoseSharks: Done deal. #8MoreWith88

Among the hundreds of thousands of social media reactions to the news, Brent Burns was pretty stoked himself. 
"I'm definitely excited, It's big day for my family! The fans here are great, they love their Sharks. The support we get on the ice and off the ice is incredible so it'll be nice to be here for awhile."

Tweet from @Burnzie88: Happy thanksgiving everyone.. thanks for all the messages and support! This is a special spot #SharksTerritory

Just like the fans' support in San Jose, Brent Burns delivers on and off the ice. This season alone was a record breaking one for the Wookiee.

This season Brent Burns:

- Lead the Sharks in assists (47) and points (76)
- Tied on team for goals (29)
- Had a plus 19 rating in 82 games
- Led the NHL in shots (320) - first defenseman to do so since Ray Bourque in 1994-95
- Ranked 9th in the NHL in points
- Tied 12th in the NHL in assists
- Ranked 1st among defenseman in the NHL for points and goals
- Ranked 3rd among defenseman in the NHL for assists
- Set team record for both goals and points by a defenseman in a single season.
- First defenseman in the NHL to post back-to-back 75-points seasons since Brian Leetch (1995-96/96-97)

Needless to say Burnzie is deserving of his Norris Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award nominations this season. Let the Wookie win! 

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