SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -Defenseman Matt Carle agreed to a four-year contract extension Wednesday with the San Jose Sharks, who locked up another key young player with a lengthy deal.
Carle, who won the Hobey Baker award as the NCAA's top player in 2006, has been a regular on San Jose's blue line since signing a pro contract late in the 2005-06 season. He scored 42 points in 77 games last season, making the NHL's all-rookie team along with fellow Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
``When you look at the number of players that have committed to this organization over the last few years - guys like Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Cheechoo, Evgeni Nabokov, Craig Rivet, Milan Michalek - it's easy to want to be here,'' said Carle, who has one goal and five assists in 18 games this season.
``The front office has proven that they are serious about winning multiple Stanley Cups, and that's something I want to be a part of,'' Carle said.
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