It's always a good thing when you can lock in your goaltending, especially for one who can play at an elite level, but that's a pretty good chunk of change. He's had one off-year sandwiched between two strong years in the last three seasons.
I'm not sure they had to give him quite that much, but probably opted for good relations with a core player rather than negotiate hard.
doug wilson is doing a great job at getting players signed quickly, which was sometimes a problem with the sharks in the past. wilson has avoided arbitration with 4 out of 5 players and has only 1 roster player from last season (primeau) left to sign. the sharks are set to have a payroll of under $35 mil, leaving them in an excellent position to wait out the cba storm or possibly pursue a free agent, though it's very unlikely they'll sign any big name/money players.