Mario Ferraro wants to be with the San Jose Sharks for a long time.
The third-year alternate captain, a pending RFA, made that clear on Saturday in his exit interview.
Besides his new contract, Mario Ferraro also talked about Brent Burns’s impact on him and the Sharks, and wanting to be more vocal in the locker room.
Mario Ferraro, on if he’d prefer a long-term deal over a bridge deal with the Sharks:
I’d love to be here for a long time. We have goals, I have individual goals, we have team goals. Being a successful NHL hockey team and winning a championship, that’s something I dream of doing as a Shark.
Those are things that I really can’t control. I’m just taking it day by day with whatever happens, happens. But yeah, it would be nice.
Ferraro, on Brent Burns:
I have so much respect for Brent, for Burnzie. Obviously, I’ve played with him for the last couple of years. It really is a privilege and an honor.
He’s an unbelievable person, an unbelievable player. The hard work and dedication that he shows to this game is something that not only myself but everyone can learn from, no matter how long I could play in this league.
I will always look up to him and learn from the things that he does. It just gives you that confidence that if you work as hard as he does, you’ll have that capability of playing in the league and playing the minutes that he does every night.
He’s been not only an inspiration on the ice, but off the ice.
He’s always looking out for me, it feels good when you have a teammate and a friend that’s by your side, helps you the best he can. He’s a very selfless guy. He helps out not only me, but all the other guys that are part of this organization. He’s a true leader and a true base for this organization.
Ferraro, on being a more vocal leader:
Things that I can improve on, be more verbally, a verbal leader.
No. 1 thing that I take pride in is leading by example, the way I compete on the ice. That’s what I try to do, I try to bring that energy and that compete.
I hope it goes a long way for the young guys on the team. I hope it goes some ways for the older guys on the team too. I know I look up to not just the older guys, but also the guys around me, even if they’re guys that just came into the league, I look at the way that they prepare and how they play the game. There’s always things that you can learn from no matter how long you’ve been here.
I try to learn from the other guys around me, in terms of being a better leader, being more vocal, holding guys accountable a little more. Also having some humility. I think that’s a big thing as well in terms of leadership.
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