Brent Burns

Brent Burns signs five year extension with San Jose worth $28.8 million


Brent Burns has yet to play a game in a Sharks uniform yet, but he’s already gotten a massive vote of confidence from GM Doug Wilson.

The Sharks have given Burns a five-year contract extension to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer. According to sources at, Burns’ deal is worth $28.8 million which works out to a salary cap hit of $5.76 million per year. For Burns, that works out to be a raise of $2.26 million per year compared to his current deal.

According to CapGeek, the added cap hit for Burns won’t do much to hurt their ability to get things done next season cap-wise as the Sharks don’t have many unrestricted free agents to worry about (Torrey Mitchell the lone serious one) and will have to get Logan Couture and Justin Braun re-signed as restricted free agents.

Burns was acquired from the Minnesota Wild during the NHL Draft this summer in a surprising deal that saw the Sharks send Devin Setoguchi and prospect Charlie Coyle along with a first round pick for Burns. Getting Burns to be their top defenseman in San Jose gives them a guy who can play effectively well on both sides of the ice as he had a breakout season last year with 17 goals and 29 assists for the Wild. With the Sharks, he’ll drop in and become part of a great top four with Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Dan Boyle, and Douglas Murray. With those four players eating up most of the minutes, the Sharks will be a lot stronger from the blue line.

Of course, how this deal shapes up to establish the market for other players is another story and for Nashville’s Shea Weber, who’s set to go to arbitration tomorrow, his agents have another contract they can point at towards Predators management to say they’d like to have something done like that. Most would judge Weber to be a better defenseman than Burns so having that contract comparison to make when negotiating helps Weber, perhaps, make even more money.

Another Sabre hurt: Gionta (lower body) day-to-day

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On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.

Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.

The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.

There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.

Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.

Blues put Berglund on LTIR, use savings to sign Gomez

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As was the case last season, Scott Gomez accepted a professional tryout offer because he went unsigned over the summer and once again he has used that opportunity to extend his career.

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have signed Gomez to a one-year contract. They didn’t disclose the financial terms, but it’s a two-way deal that comes with a base salary of $575K at the NHL level, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

In order to free up the space necessary to sign him, St. Louis moved Patrik Berglund to the long-term injured reserve list. Berglund had shoulder surgery in August and isn’t expected to be available until January.

Gomez, 35, is coming off of a resurgence campaign where he recorded 34 points in 58 games on a Devils’ team that finished near the bottom of the pack offensively. The two-time Stanley Cup champion will be bringing more than a 1,000 games worth of NHL experience to St. Louis.

He’s not the only veteran forward to make the team off of a PTO as the Blues signed Scottie Upshall on Monday.