The Sharks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with defenseman Justin Braun, the club announced on Wednesday. The deal is worth $19 million spread out evenly each year, for a salary cap hit of $3.8 million, per Braun’s agent Neil Sheehy.
Braun, 27, would have been an unrestricted free agent next season. He has one year remaining on his current contract for $1.5 million ($1.25 million cap hit).
The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is expected to skate on one of the Sharks’ top two defense pairs this season.
"Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "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 and the Sharks began discussions on an extension in late July.
The Minnesota native, who got married over the summer, is coming off of a career year in which is was second on the team in ice time per game (20:59), and scored 17 points (4g, 13a) in 82 games.
Braun was originally selected by the Sharks in the seventh round (201st) overall of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.