BREAKING: Ferraro signs for 4 years, $13 million
Mario Ferraro is back!
The San Jose Sharks announced today that they have re-signed the 23-year-old defender from FRG to a four-year contract.
A source tells San Jose Hockey Now that the AAV is $3.25 million. SJHN understands that there will be no additional protections in the contract.
“Mario has shown he’s a dynamic and reliable defenseman for our club, skating high-level minutes against the best competition every night and delivering solid results,” San Jose Sharks general manager Mike Grier said. in a team press release. “His energy and work ethic are the reason he achieved so much early in his career, and we look forward to seeing him continue to grow and elevate his role within the team.”
The Sharks’ assistant captain was one of nine defensemen, aged 23 or younger, who averaged 23 minutes or more per night last year. It’s a select company: Ferraro, Cale Makar, Quinn Hughes, Miro Heiskanen, Rasmus Dahlin, Moritz Seider, Charlie McAvoy, Adam Fox and Jakub Chychrun. He was third on the San Jose Sharks at ATOI, after Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson, and second in shorthanded ice time after Burns.
San Jose may be looking for a little more offense from their defensive mainstay with Burns’ departure to the Carolina Hurricanes. According to Sharks PR, Ferraro “recorded 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 63 games played during the 2021-22 season. He led San Jose in blocked shots (151), ranked third in hits (140) and was also ninth in blocks per 60 (6.25) among NHL skaters.
Ferraro will be a UFA when his contract expires in 2025-26. This contract does not buy out any of Ferraro’s UFA years.
Ferraro is represented by agent Peter Wallen.
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