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Brent Burns‘ family trip to San Jose this summer made signing a contract extension with his new club one of the easiest decisions he’s ever made.

Without ever having played a game in Sharks‘ teal, Burns signed on to play with the club through the 2016-17 season by autographing his name onto a five-year contract extension that is reportedly worth $28.8 million. Burns still has one year and $3.55 million remaining on the four-year contract he signed with the Minnesota Wild in 2007, so his new contract won’t kick in until the 2012-13 season.

The Sharks acquired Burns from the Wild on June 24 in exchange for right wing Devin Setoguchi, prospect Charlie Coyle and a first-round draft pick.

“After the trade went through we went down to San Jose and it was awesome,” Burns said on a conference call Monday. “the city was great and the organization was just unbelievable how they treated us. with that excitement building for our family, it really made getting traded for the first time easier. having the chance to sign the extension, it was a no-brainer for us. we have a little bit of security for our family and now I can just focus on playing hockey.”

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