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Wingels signs three-year deal for big raise with Sharks

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 Monday.

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.

--More than 40 prospects reported Monday for the start of a week-long development camp that features a public scrimmage Wednesday night at the SAP Center with development coach Mike Ricci and scout Bryan Marchment serving as coaches.

Among those attending the closed-to-the-public sessions are defenseman Mirco Mueller, the team's 2013 first-round draft pick, and forward Nikolay Goldobin, who was taken with the 27th overall selection in last month's NHL draft.

Tickets for the scrimmage are $5 with proceeds going to the Sharks Foundation.

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