The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a contract extension with Couture to keep him off the market next summer. A person familiar with the deal confirmed the extension Tuesday, which was first reported by Comcast SportsNet California. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract can't be signed until the free agency window opens July 5.
Couture is owed $3 million next season in the final year of a two-year, $5.75 million contract. Couture would have been eligible to be a restricted free agent next summer. The 24-year-old Couture has emerged as one of the Sharks' top players. He has led the team in goals the past two seasons and often drew the toughest defensive matchups this season.
Couture returned from a second-period injury to score a power-play goal 1:29 into overtime that helped the Sharks bounce back from two losses in Los Angeles to beat the Kings 2-1 in Game 3 on Saturday night.
Couture has a team-best 10 points in this postseason with four goals and six assists. He had a career-high 14 points in 18 playoffs games in 2011.
Couture and Joe Pavelski each scored twice to spoil Cory Schneider's return to the nets for Vancouver and the San Jose Sharks won their third straight game to open the playoffs, beating the Canucks 5-2 on Sunday night.
Couture also had two assists to set a career postseason high for points. He had a goal and an assist in the Sharks' playoff opener Wednesday.
Couture had a goal and an assist in San Jose's 3-1 win over Vancouver on Wednesday.
Couture entered the playoffs with seven points in his final five regular-season games.
Couture tallied two goals and two assists as the Sharks closed in on a ninth straight playoff berth, beating the Wild 6-1 on Thursday night for their most lopsided win of the season.
Couture, whose four points were a career high, is second on the team with 34.
Couture set up two goals in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Anaheim.
Couture has five goals and five assists in a six-game home point streak.
Couture had two goals in a 4-3 shootout win over Edmonton on Wednesday night.
Couture has six goals in his last seven games for the Sharks.
Couture registered two goals and an assist in the Sharks' 4-3 win over the Kings on Thursday.
Couture has four goals over his last four games and is the Sharks' second-leading scorer on the season with 12.
Couture assisted on both goals in San Jose's 2-1 win over Nashville on Saturday.
Couture has an even eight goals and eight assists this season for 16 points, tied with Joe Pavelski for San Jose's third most.
Couture scored his fifth goal Thursday.
He has goals in two straight games.