(photo: Scot Tucker, SFBay)
The San Jose Sharks may not have a Captain, but they do have Justin Braun as a defenseman for another six years. The Sharks announced today that the 27-year-old will be with the team through the 2019-20 season, a five-year, $19 million contract that begins next season.
Even though his contract does not include a no-trade or no-movement clause, Braun seems satisfied. “It’s great. You don’t have to worry about it for six years, including this year,” Braun said. “We’re happy with how everything turned out. Came to a pretty good mutual agreement.”
Also pleased is General Manager Doug Wilson: ”Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen. He’s an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons.”
Braun was drafted by San Jose in the seventh round in 2007. Along with his 46 points (8 goal, 38 assists) in his 217 regular season games, Braun has also posted 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 24 playoff games, all with the Sharks. Last season, he set a career-high of 17 points (4 goals, 2 assists) and, impressively, was one of only four Sharks to play in all 82 games.
Truly a valuable part of the team, the Sharks community is happy to have him.