SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/CSNBAYAREA.COM: report the San Jose Sharks will later today officially announce the re-signing of center Logan Couture to a two-year contract extension, which will commence in the 2012-13 season. Couture, a Calder Trophy finalist in 2010-11, was eligible for restricted free agent status next July. Financial terms have yet to be disclosed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hat tip to GJ Berg for the links. Couture is due to make $1.25 million this season, according to the Mercury News, so I wouldn’t be surprised if his new salary is at least doubled. Couture’s first full season in the NHL was impressive, netting 32 goals and 56 points, earning a reputation as a terrific all-round forward and clutch scorer. With the current CBA due to expire next September, it’s obvious GM Doug Wilson wanted to avoid any hassles in negotiating a new contract next summer, especially given the possibility Couture could’ve been a target for an offer sheet.
**UPDATE** The contract is worth $5.75 million, or a cap hit of $2.875 million per season.