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Staying in San Jose: Sharks extend Thornton, Marleau

Jan 24, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

Patrick Marleau Joe Thornton AP

Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have signed three-year contract extensions with the San Jose Sharks, as first reported by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Thornton’s extension is worth $20.25 million (cap hit $6.75 million); Marleau’s is for slightly less, at $20 million ($6.66 million).

“Patrick and Joe continue to perform at an elite level in the National Hockey League and, most importantly, they make the other players around them better,” said Sharks general manager Doug Wilson  in a release. “They both made it very clear that they wanted to stay in San Jose and we were able to agree on contracts that fit with our team building philosophy.”

Both veteran forwards were pending unrestricted free agents, and both are enjoying outstanding seasons. Thornton, 34, has a team-high 53 points (6G, 47A) in 51 games; Marleau, 34, has 21 goals and 26 assists, also in 51 games.

Both also took slight pay cuts to stay with the Sharks, who now have six players signed through at least 2016-17, the four others being Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

There still remains one key pending UFA in defenseman Dan Boyle. The 37-year-old has repeatedly said he wants to finish his career in San Jose.

  1. davebabychreturns - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    Bleh. Why did the Sharks have to get these guys signed to short term contracts at reasonable (to say the least) salaries…

    • gp424 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      I would let you have these two proven playoff chokers for nothing.

      • 19to77 - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:16 PM

        I’m starting to see why you aren’t a GM.

      • skr213 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Marleau’s playoff stats from 2002-2009 (couldn’t find more recent, but he’s been great since that time as well):

        leads the NHL in GWG (10)
        is 2nd in goals at even strength (18)
        is 2nd in total goals scored (1 behind Zetterberg with 32)
        is tied for 1st in SHG (3)
        is tied for 3rd in PPG (11)

      • gp424 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Marleau’s playoff stats 1216 games 7th all time, currently 2nd active all time with 0 Stanley Cups. By 2017 when his contract expires he will be the all time leader in most games played without ever winning a sSanley cup. He currently is ranked 1st active and 2nd all time with most games played never having played in a single Stanley Cups final game. All time -11 and -7 since 2002. Been on the ice when the opposing team has scored the GWG 42 times.

      • skr213 - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        gp: the fact that he’s been on the ice for 42 GWGs is actually a GOOD stat in my book, given that he’s played in over a THOUSAND games. He’s one of the team’s ice-time leaders, so just by odds, he’s going to be on for more GWGs. So with all that, the fact that he’s only been on for a GWG in 4.2% of those games seems pretty good!

      • gp424 - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        Skr are you really that dumb. He has played in 140 playoff games. You said he has 10 GWG which by the way DOES not lead the NHL since 2002-03. And I have mentioned he has been on the ICE 42 times. His minus 7 rating is 545 of 579 current players who have played at least 1 single NHL playoff game. Joe’s rating of -21 is 578th out of 579th. See you don’t see any failure their. Your amazing how you cannot even comprehend I was talking and am talking playoff stats. So you understand 42 GWG on the negative side of 140 games is 30% of the time. Compared to scoring 14 career GWG in 140 games which is equal to 10% of the time. That’s why he is a minus player, you can go to and verify the stats and see how bad Marleau really is in the playoffs.

      • skr213 - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM

        You’re calling me dumb – I WAS GOING OFF OF YOUR NUMBERS. HA!

    • joey4id - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      NoCal! Hockey! What a life? The only hockey jobs better than that are in SoCal!

  2. gp424 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    So this essentially means at least 4 more years until the Sharks win a Stanley Cup.

  3. sjtorpitt - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Who’s your team, gp? Just curious.

    • gp424 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM


  4. sjsharks66 - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Yes!! Great news! Guessing Boyle may be traded near deadline or re-signed after this year?

    • gp424 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Yeah its great news if you like to win in regular season and lose in one of the first three rounds of the playoffs.

  5. mfinneran - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    DW sign Boyle now!

    • gp424 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      With what? The team has about 12 million to sign 5 forwards, and 3 defenseman without Boyle for next season. Unless they are going to sign a bunch of players for the minimum salary there is nothing left. Now if Marleau and Thornton would have taken cuts to their salary of say like a 1 million to prove they wanted to be here then we might be talking.

      • nogoodtomedead - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        You ass hat- that is plenty of money for checking line forwards and 3rd pairing d-men- plus the cap is rising- and Havlat could still be bought out. Your an idiot- to win a championship in any sport you have to put yourself in a position to win every year- the Sharks are doing that with the options they have. I don’t have a problem with you thinking its time to move on from Thornton and Marleau- but what is your plan? Throw a 7yr/8mil per contract at Vanek or something? You one of these guys that thinks being an NHL GM is like your franchise mode on NHL 14? 2 potential HOF players just re-signed with your team, enjoy it. Moron.

      • skr213 - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        gp: are you serious?? If you don’t think Joe and Patty left AT LEAST $1mil on the table per year with these deals, then you apparently don’t know the NHL free agency market these days.

  6. killerpgh - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:17 PM

    Has another player stuck around with a team that striped the “C” off his chest as long as Marleau has? It’s wasn’t like he was old when it happened and was time for the whole “changing of the guard” type thing. He was 30 when it happened and is now signed through age 37.

  7. skr213 - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Hear that players? That’s the sound of people signing contracts that are for less than they could get elsewhere FOR THE GOOD OF THE TEAM. PK Subban, please pay attention.

    • logicalcomment - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      thornton and marleau are much older and have already made a lot more millions than subban.

      this will be subban’s first big contract

      so until you take less money at your job for the good of the company you should shut the F up, idiot

      • skr213 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        wow. you have no idea about my work. so maybe you are the idiot. i work at a start up and we have all gone through times of taking waaaay less money than we can make elsewhere for the sake of the company. but keep going with your assumptions – it makes you sound almost like you’re not posting from your mother’s basement.

    • logicalcomment - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      so the canadiens are a start-up ?

      good for you but every situation is different, and yes i assumed things about you , just like you did the exact same thing with P.K we don’t know what the habs are offering vs what he’s asking.

      sorry maybe you’r not an idiot BUT your comment sure was idiotic

      • skr213 - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:01 PM

        Sometimes I think the Habs actually are a start up. They pay the wrong people too much, they don’t really produce anything, and they are years away from actual success.

      • skr213 - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        P.S. It has been widely reported that PK is asking for $8-9 million for 7 years. And yes, he is younger, but the point remains that he appears to me to be a me-first kind of guy and I’m glad that my team (the Sharks) have a bunch of guys who’ve signed deals for less than they’d make out on the free market (Couture, Pavs, Thornton, Marleau have all now sogned below-market deals so the Sharks can build a successful team).

  8. sjsharks66 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Yeah, this is a steal for the Sharks. I can’t imagine how much Jumbo would make on the market.

    • gp424 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      A steal really? Two aging veterans reducing their salary by 300K each is a steal? Really? LOL! Tell Doug he is awesome.

    • gp424 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:25 PM

      The current minimum wage in my city is about 10 bucks an hour so I would say that is what Thornton would make on the street. As what other teams would sign him for. Well Boston, LA, Chic, Ana and any other cup contender would not want him. So I am sure Florida would have offered 8 million to sell tickets. And then Joe could’ve played with his buddy Brian Campbell.

  9. pirovash88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    3 more years of disappointments..

  10. jbink2585 - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Thank You SJ my Flyers Holmgren prob gave him 5 years 40 mill and we are out of amnesty clauses.

  11. spitfisher - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    SJ fans, you are going to hate this,but if there was ever a time to move thorton for a pile of draft picks and cap space now would have been the time- he’s been with you for how long? And no cups? In may not make sense as a fan, but from the outside looking in, now would have been the time. Debth is what gets you the cup and in today’s cap world, you can’t be too top heavy n one line or two.

    3-4 years from now he’ll be worth half of what he is today and it won’t include any first or 2 nd round picks.

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