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Braun gets 5-year extension from Sharks
Justin Braun
Justin Braun has posted eight goals and 38 assists in 217 career games.
San Jose, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Jose Sharks and Justin Braun have agreed on a five-year contract extension that will keep the defenseman with the club through the 2019-20 season.

Braun, 27, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

"Justin has emerged as one of our most well-rounded and dependable defensemen," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement on Wednesday. "He's an excellent skater who excels in matching up against the opponents top players on a nightly basis and fits in well with our core group of younger players. We feel Justin has just scratched the surface of his talent and we are excited to have him under contract for the next six seasons."  Full Story

Jackets, Johansen still far apart
Dan Di Sciullo, NHL Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Considering the young franchise is coming off the first playoff appearance in team history, the Columbus Blue Jackets should be eager to get the 2014-15 season underway.

However, when NHL training camps open Thursday, the Blue Jackets could be without a key component of their memorable 2013-14 campaign as centerman Ryan Johansen remains unsigned.

Johansen, a restricted free agent, is taking a hard-line stance to negotiating his next contract, and part of his strategy could include holding out from training camp.  Full Story

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