The San Jose Sharks have reportedly extended forward Tomas Hertl to an 8-year deal, per Pierre LeBrun. Details on the full contract are yet to be disclosed but Elliotte Friedman reported it is to be around $8M per year.
Tomas Hertl extension in SJ expected to be 8 years at around $8M AAV
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 16, 2022
Tomas Hertl Extended By San Jose Sharks
The contract is yet to be announced but this deal comes before the 2022 trade deadline. Hertl is in the final year of his contract and San Jose now guarantees the player for eight more years. Many thought he might be traded so he wouldn’t walk away for free in the offseason. However, the Sharks lock a great player long-term.
In Hertl, the Sharks lock an experienced NHL veteran who played for them his entire career. This season, he scored 22 goals and 18 assists for 40 points, adding 14 minutes in penalties. His possession numbers are 51.9 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of 7.2. Those possession totals are nearly identical to last season, and on-par with his career averages. He’s an extremely valuable player who averages 25 goals per season over his nine-year NHL career.
Hertl netted 173 goals and 190 assists for 363 career points in 552 games with San Jose. He was originally drafted in the first round, 17th overall of the 2012 NHL draft.
What This Means for the Future
This extension means the Sharks will have their dynamic top-six centre for eight more years. Even though a playoff run is not on the books for a little while longer, his place is in San Jose. Playing his entire career for the team, this new deal proves his loyalty to the team and city. His two-way game is great, he produces points on a team that needs it… It’s a win-win deal for both player and team. Their goal is to win hockey games and Hertl can, for sure, help them do that.