Tommy Wingels scored a career-high 16 goals and 38 points in 77 games for the Sharks last season. (Jim McIsaac / Getty Images)
San Jose, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks have signed 26-year-old forward Tommy Wingels to a new three-year contract, his agent Dan Plante said.
The contract will pay Wingels $7.4 million over the three years for an average cap hit of just under $2.47 million, according to capgeek.com. He earned $850,000 last season.
Wingels showed he could both score and play a physical game last season with a career-high 16 goals and 38 points in 77 games while leading the team with 218 hits.
Because of that, he is one of the forwards that general manager Doug Wilson cites when talking about the plan to rely more on the team's younger players during the "rebuild" phase he says the Sharks are now in after their playoff collapse against the Los Angeles Kings.
With Brent Burns moving back to defense next season, Wingels could see his ice time increase even more next season than the career-high 16:07 he played in 2013-14.
Wingels, a sixth-round draft pick in 2008, has 24 goals and 36 assists in 157 games with San Jose spread over four seasons.
Fisher ruptures Achilles
Predators forward Mike Fisher has a ruptured Achilles tendon that likely will cause him to miss at least the start of the upcoming season.
Predators general manager David Poile said Fisher underwent surgery Thursday after rupturing the tendon during a training session.
“We expect Mike to make a full recovery in four to six months, and look forward to his return to the ice,” Poile said.
The Predators open the season Oct. 9 against Ottawa.
Fisher, 34, served as Nashville’s alternate captain last season and had 20 goals and 29 assists in 75 games. He has 226 goals and 255 assists in 887 career regular-season games.
Fisher tweeted, “Setbacks are opportunities for growth,” and included a picture of his bandaged lower leg in a walking boot.