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BREAKING: Ferraro Signs for 4 Years, $13 Million

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Mario Ferraro is back!

The San Jose Sharks announced today that they had re-signed the 23-year-old RFA defenseman to a four-year contract.

A source tells San Jose Hockey Now that the AAV is $3.25 million. It’s SJHN’s understanding that there will be no additional protections in the contract.

“Mario has shown that he is a dynamic and reliable defenseman for our club, skating top-level minutes against the best competition every night and delivering solid results,” San Jose Sharks GM Mike Grier said in a team press release. “His energy and work ethic are the reason why he has achieved so much in his early part of his career, and we look forward to watching him continue to grow and elevate his role on the team.”

The Sharks’ alternate captain was one of just nine defensemen, 23 or younger, who averaged 23 or more minutes a night last year. It’s select company: Ferraro, Cale Makar, Quinn Hughes, Miro Heiskanen, Rasmus Dahlin, Moritz Seider, Charlie McAvoy, Adam Fox, and Jakob Chychrun. He was third on the San Jose Sharks in ATOI, after Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson, and second in penalty kill ice time after Burns.

San Jose may look for a tad more offense from their defensive stalwart with Burns’s departure to the Carolina Hurricanes. Per Sharks PR, Ferraro “recorded 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 63 games played in the 2021-22 season. He led San Jose in blocked shots (151), ranked third in hits (140) and also finished 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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Alaskan_ice

4 more years of Super Mario?? I’ll take it.
He’s important to this team going forward. Also, he wants to play here, wants to turn it around. Need to keep these guys in teal.

Go Sharks!!

david barnard

i had him at $3.3×3 in my armchair GM team. so it’s a bridge deal for Mario (i think he’s 27 at end of contract). this puts the Sharks $1.2M in the red.

dilligaff4444

no offense to mario , he is a good guy…. but didn’t the sharks learn their lesson overpaying for a defensive defenseman?

david barnard

he’s being paid like a low end middle pair. the contract’s more than fair, imo. gives him 4 years to get his offensive game together, and if not, you haven’t overpaid him for what he brings to the table, and you can punt later.

Bob D

Overpaid. I know shark fans love this guy but blocking shots and minutes played are not actual skills. I hope the new coaching staff can somehow turn this guy into a better defenseman, because to me he is the next Vlasic

KE

Well someone had to do it

Alaskan_ice

Thank you for pointing out that playing big minutes and blocking shots are skills. Everything in sports take a certain skill.

Bob D

Sheng you are pandering…

Bob D

This I agree with. While I don’t necessarily think shotblocking is an art, it does require a certain courageousness, or as you called it “gumption” (a multidimensional, hard to precisely define term I have not seen used in years) and he has been well rewarded for this effort. Good analysis and well written. An honest assessment of his capabilities and usage; no sugar coating

Bob D

In fact this is a great name for him, Forrest Gumption

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