Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) skates past San Jose Sharks' Tomas Hertl (48) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks signed pending restricted free agent forward Tomas Hertl to a two-year contract.
The deal announced Thursday is worth a reported $6 million and keeps one of San Jose's top players in the fold as the team tries to build on last season's trip to the Stanley Cup Final.
The 22-year-old Hertl is coming off his best season as a pro, having recorded career highs with 21 goals and 25 assists in 81 games. He thrived when moved to the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski in the middle of the season and was a big reason behind San Jose's postseason success.
Hertl had six goals and five assists in 20 playoff games before being sidelined by a knee injury in Game 2 of the final.