No term or dollar amount have been released yet. (UPDATE: TSN's Bob McKenzie reports the deal is five years for $30 million.) Couture cannot sign the deal until July 5, so there won't be an official announcement from the Sharks' side for a while. CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz Tweeted he expects the deal to be five years.
Couture was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season, where he'll make $3 million in salary. Over the past three seasons, he's averaged 29 goals and 55 points.
With Couture locked up, that leaves Sharks general manager Doug Wilson with one less question going forward. His long-term plans for Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and Dan Boyle, who will enter next season on the final years of their deals barring an extension, still remain to be seen.
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