The San Jose Sharks continued to shore up their blue line Thursday afternoon, agreeing to a four-year contract extension with defenseman Mario Ferraro.
According to Sharks team policy, the financial terms of the deal, which now ties Ferraro to San Jose for the 2025-26 season, will not be disclosed.
Given that the Sharks only had $2 million of free ceiling space prior to signing with Ferraro, it’s safe to assume that the average annual value of his new contract is somewhere in that range, putting the club either right up against the ceiling ceiling. or a little higher. this is when they get down to what should be an interesting season to say the least.
Although Ferraro didn’t make headlines with flashy plays or gaudy scoring attacks, Ferraro managed to play his part in his three seasons with the Sharks, finishing third in career games (180) of all defensemen drafted. in 2017. Draft, second only to Dallas’ Miro Heiskanen and Buffalo’s Henri Jokiharju.
Throughout a rocky 2021-22 campaign for the Sharks organization as a whole, Ferraro has played a major role in the top four clubs most of the time, averaging 23 minutes per night on the ice en route to finishing with two goals and 14 assists, 16 points in 63 games.
Would a Ferraro withstand such heavy use in an ideal world? Probably not. But the 23-year-old has shown he can at least keep his head above water with such extensive duties that the Sharks’ management clearly took heed, deciding to lock him up for the foreseeable future.
Having sent Brent Burns to the Carolinas this summer, Ferraro looks poised to take on an equally important role in the Sharks’ blue line this coming season, possibly even placing in their top pair alongside Erik Karlsson.