SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners rewarded general manager Jack Zduriencik on Tuesday, giving him a multiyear contract extension while the team contends for its first playoff spot since 2001. Custom San Antonio Spurs Jerseys . The team didnt release details of his new deal. Seattle went into Tuesday nights game against Texas in the races for the AL West and the wild-card spots. At 71-59, the Mariners -- boosted by the off-season signing of Robinson Cano, plus some recent moves -- had already matched their win total for all of last year. "Im excited, Im happy to be here for a few more years," Zduriencik said. "I believe in what were doing, I believe in the people that we have in place." "Hasnt always been easy. I think we put a plan in place and you do what your gut instincts tell you to do. I think where were at right now is were in a good spot as an organization," he said. The 63-year-old Zduriencik has been Seattles GM since 2008. The Mariners havent reached the playoffs since losing in the AL championship series for the second straight time in 2001. Mariners President Kevin Mather said he had discussions with ownership in January about Zdurienciks long-term position and got the go-ahead to support him with an extension. Zduriencik said he didnt feel the need to broach such talks because he was focused on the day-to-day aspects of his job. Mather said the logistics came together Tuesday. "It was as simple as I had lunch scheduled with him, we were talking about 2015," Mather said. "It literally was that simple." "The question really was, Do you like it here, are we treating you OK, are you enjoying your job, are we treating you right? He said, I love it here, my family loves it here." Zdurienciks tenure with Seattle has been a mix of hits and misses, but the past two offseasons have proven fruitful in getting ace Felix Hernandez signed to a long-term contract, hiring Lloyd McClendon as manager and getting Cano with an offer of $240 million for 10 years. Combined with the additions of Austin Jackson, Kendrys Morales and Chris Denorfia at the trade deadline and a pitching staff with the best ERA in the majors, the Mariners are in the post-season race. Seattle also been helped by the continued development of third baseman Kyle Seager, a Zduriencik draft pick who earned his first All-Star selection this season. And Dustin Ackley, a former No. 2 overall pick by Zduriencik, has started to become the hitter in the second half of this season that the Mariners expected. "I think theres a lot of things that happen when you run an organization. A lot of things that dont always go exactly as you hope they would go and theres oftentimes a lot of things that happen where you cant comment on it," Zduriencik said. "Youre just not in a position to make any public statement." "But if you believe in what you believe in and you know what youre doing is right, sometimes moves and decisions that happen are a little bit unpopular and sometimes there are things that get a little bit off track, but you have to stay the course and believe what you believe in," he said. Zduriencik came to Seattle after serving as an assistant GM with the Milwaukee Brewers. He also spent time with the New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh. David Robinson Jersey .C. -- Benn Ferrieros familiar with scoring important goals, just not in back-to-back games. Joffrey Lauvergne Jersey . Here is a look at all the moves through the first week of NHL Free Agency. 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When we lose guys like (Tomas Tatar) and (Tomas) Jurco, guys who go up to the Red Wings, we need somebody to fill that role and hes done a fantastic job for us." The Griffins now head back home in hopes of a sweep after taking both games at the Abbotsford Centre. The Griffins won 2-1 on Friday in double overtime. "Yesterday was the first game of the playoffs, so everyone was kind of nervous," said Nestrasil. "I felt that sometimes we were trying to make plays, even if they werent there. Today we started a little more simple and it came out of that. We didnt let them shoot. They scored two first-period goals, five shots on net, so were going to try to play better defensively, because when you play well defensively you get the offensive chances after." Ryan Sproul, the Game 1 overtime hero, and Teemu Pulkkinen each had a goal and two assists for Grand Rapids while Trevor Parkes, Cody Emmerton and Hoggan also scored for the visitors, whose parent club Detroit was eliminated from the NHL playoffs and is expected to send some bodies back for Game 3 on Wednesday. "Weve got some talented young guys back there," said Hoggan of rookie defencemen like Sproul. "This is the time when you want to see what theyre all about. Playoff hockey is the toughest hockey. For them to step up, its going to be huge for us to go on and go far. We know theyre capable and theyre doing it at crunch time." Petr Mrazek had to stop just 15 shots, compared to his 55-save performance the night before. Max Reinhart had a goal and an assist for Abbotsford, which may have played its final home game after it was announced last week that the franchise wwill not be back in the city next season. Bruce Bowen Jersey. . Emile Poirier had the other goal, while Joni Ortio stopped 25-of-30 shots before being pulled. Doug Carr mopped up, making 14 saves. Though the Heat were embarrassed on home ice, and cancelled their regular post-game presser, the Griffins know that Game 3 wont be easy. "We have to make sure its hard for them to get opportunities," said Nestrasil. "Every chance, they need to earn it and make sure they have to come through us all the time." Abbotsford opened the scoring at the 7:40 mark of the first. Reinhart stepped into a shot in the high slot. Mrazek kicked it right to Poirier, who quickly brought the puck to his forehand and snapped it blocker side for his first professional playoff goal. The visitors, however, tied the game not long after. Mattias Janmark drove hard to the net and centred for Parkes, who chipped it by Ortio for his first AHL playoff goal at 10:13. The Heat regained the lead with a power-play goal at 15:32. Reinhart tried to centre for Ben Hanowski but it ricocheted off the skate of Brennan Evans. Just 35 seconds later the Griffins again drew even when Sprouls one-timer from the point was deflected by Nestrasil. Grand Rapids scored a short-handed goal late in the first to take their first lead. Emmerton made a move around one defender, then fought off another and chipped the puck past Ortio while falling to his backside, giving Detroits 2006 second-round selection his first AHL playoff goal in five years. Hoggan doubled the lead two minutes into the second period when he took a cross-ice feed from Pulkkinen and fired a wrist shot over the glove of Ortio, giving him 14 career AHL playoff goals. Nestrasil chased Ortio at 11:19 of the second, snapping a shot short side from a bad angle. "I just wanted to dump the puck in, but nobody came to me," said the Prague native. "I was basically walking into the zone. I just threw it at the net and it went through. 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