The San Jose Sharks have officially re-signed Tommy Wingels to a three-year contract extension worth $7.4 million. After rumors surfaced over the weekend, Wingels’ agent Dan Plante confirmed the extension on Monday.
Wingels will have an average cap hit of $2.47 million according to CSN Bay Area. Tommy is coming off of a career high 16 goals and 38 points throughout 77 games played during the 2013-14 campaign. He has consistently proved himself on the ice to be a player who can not only score, but play the physical aspect of the game. He led the team last season with 218 hits.
If the 26 year old can play like he has been, the deal is reasonable on both sides. Wingels also had an incredible year while on the penalty kill. While playing in a 4-on-5 situations last season, the Sharks outscored opposing power plays 6-5 and gave up fewer shots than any other penalty killer the Sharks had.
With general manager Doug Wilson insistent that the team will rely on its younger players in the coming years, Wingels has the opportunity to gain more responsibility and help better the team.
The collapse of the Sharks during the playoff match up against the Los Angeles Kings has fueled many speculations as to the future of the team. Many have expected that the team would be torn apart and revamped. Thankfully this has not happened. A few players have been lost such as Dan Boyle, Brad Stuart and Martin Havlat, however the core of the team is still intact.