Sharks GM: Conversations with Brent Burns about contract extension ‘will take place shortly’

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Brent Burns is set to enter the final year of his current contract, and it seems the San Jose Sharks are eager to keep the dynamic defenseman.

Burns, 31, put up 75 points in 82 regular season games, before averaging a point per game in 24 post-season contests for the Sharks this year, as they made it within two wins of the Stanley Cup.

During the regular season, only Erik Karlsson, the Ottawa Senators star blue liner, had more points among NHL defensemen with 82 in 82 games.

Burns has one more year left on his five-year deal with a total value of $28.8 million.

“You know how we feel about Brent. Phenomenal year,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson, on the subject of a possible contract extension for Burns, as per CSN Bay Area.

“When we acquired him it was a big piece to acquire. There’s no doubt he’s important to us. We want him. I think he loves being here. Those conversations will take place shortly.”

Burns, Karlsson and Drew Doughty were all named as finalists for the Norris Trophy, which will be awarded Wednesday.