Marc-Edouard Vlasic has evolved into one of the most well-rounded defensemen in the NHL and that will earn him a significant paycheck when his contract runs out.
Vlasic, who turns 30 on March 30, has one-year left on his contract after this season. He has an annual salary cap hit of $4.25 million.
The Montreal native has made it clear he wants to stay with the Sharks for his entire NHL career, as Elliotte Friedman reported on his latest "30 Thoughts" column on Sportsnet.ca
"I love it here," Vlasic told Friedman in a phone interview. "I'm not really a guy who wants to play for three or four teams. I like the city, I like the organization, we're always competitive. What's not to like? I want to play my whole career in San Jose."
The Sharks can officially sign Vlasic to a contract extension until July 1, but it's certainly very obvious where his mindset is at.
"I like the team, I like the area," he reiterated to the San Jose Mercury News. "We're competitive every year, and at the end of my contract next year, I'll have been here 12 years. I guess I do like it here if I've been here 12 years."
Vlasic hasn't thought about his next contract yet, but he'll undoubtedly see his salary climb over the $6 million mark.
In 64 games with the Sharks this season, Vlasic has registered four goals and 17 assists for 21 points so far this season.