Tomas Hertl signed a two year extension worth a total of $6 million with the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. The 22-year-old forward, coming off his third NHL season, tallied a career-high 47 points. It was his second full season of action as he missed more than half of his rookie campaign to a knee injury.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie first reported the extension.
This is a great deal for the Sharks as they get Hertl for another two years at a very reasonable cap hit. Expect the forward to get a pay raise following the 2017-18 season, but for now the Sharks have some cap flexibility.
Hertl’s injury history likely played a role in the relatively low AAV. In addition to his aforementioned knee injury, he missed the last four games of the Stanley Cup Final to another knee injury. We don’t know the full extent of the inujury.
The forward played alongside Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton for the majority of the 2015-16 season, but he may be asked to center his own line to start the 2016-17 campaign.
This contract leaves the Sharks with an estimated $9.1 million in cap space, according to General Fanager.