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San Jose Sharks on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person told The Associated Press that the deal will become official as
soon as Sunday, when Couture is eligible to sign the extension. The person spoke
on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced.

Couture is entering the final year of a $30 million, five-year contract and
now will be locked up through the 2026-27 season.

Couture was a first-round pick by San Jose in 2007 and has said he never
wants to leave the franchise. He has developed into one of the Sharks’ top
forwards since making his debut in 2009 and is coming off a career-high 34-goal
season.

Couture was San Jose’s most dependable center last season Cheap
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, often matching up against the opponent’s top
line and providing plenty of offense of his own from the second line. Couture
had 21 assists last year and was a major part of the power play and penalty
killing units.

The 29-year-old has 213 goals and 224 assists in 582 career games. He also
has been a postseason standout, leading the NHL with 30 points in 2016 when he
helped San Jose reach the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in franchise
history before losing to Pittsburgh in six games.

Couture has 34 goals and 47 assists in 96 career playoff games, ranking in
the top 10 in the NHL in playoff goals and points since making his postseason
debut in 2010.

Locking up Couture was the first move made by general manager Doug Wilson
this offseason. San Jose still is looking to re-sign center Joe Thornton and is
making a run at New York Islanders center John Tavares.

Thornton will be 39 next season and coming off his second major knee injury.
He tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee on Jan. 23 and never returned to the
lineup. He had a similar injury to his left knee the previous season and played
four games in the postseason before undergoing offseason surgery.

Thornton still performed at a high level last season after taking some time
to get back up to speed. He had 11 goals and 15 assists in his final 28 games
before the injury.

The Sharks also met with Tavares this week, hoping to lure the top available
free agent to San Jose. Tavares Isaac
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top centers in the league and would step into Thornton’s old role on the top
line.

The No. 1 overall pick by the New York Islanders in 2009 is coming off one of
his most productive seasons as a pro. He had 37 goals and 47 assists last
season, finishing one off his career best in both marks.

Adding Tavares would provide perhaps the only missing piece to make the
Sharks one of the top contenders for the Stanley Cup next season. San Jose lost
in six games in the second round to eventual Western Conference champion Vegas
and has a stellar defense led by Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Brent Burns, a reliable
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, and forwards like Couture, Evander Kane and
captain Joe Pavelski already under contract.

Pavelski also is entering the final year of his contract and is eligible for
an extension starting Sunday. Pavelski turns 34 this month.

State police say a truck driver was watching a football game instead of the
road when he struck and killed a motorcyclist on a Pennsylvania highway.

Police charged the 34-year-old driver Monday with felony homicide by vehicle
and other offenses in connection with the death of 56-year-old John Baum.

Court records show the driver was watching a game between the Pittsburgh
Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs in October when his truck hit the back of
Baum's motorcycle on Interstate 81 near Carlisle.

Baum died at the scene, and Pennlive reports his sister, who was riding
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Records show the truck driver told police he was distracted at the time of
the crash, but he blamed it on construction instead of the NFL game.

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