The San Jose Sharks announced Friday morning that they have reached agreements and signed veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to three-year extensions.
Thornton and Marleau were both set to become free agents following this season on July 1.
“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,” Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. “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.”
The deals keep the core of the team together. Along with Thornton and Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Brent Burns, Marc-Edourd Vlasic and rookie Tomas Hertl are all signed long-term.
The only remaining unrestricted-free agent left for Wilson to negotiate with is 37-year old defenseman Dan Boyle. Boyle has stated that he would like to finish his career in San Jose.
The National Post reported that Thornton’s deal has actually been completed for some time, but that the captain waited for negotiations to be completed with Marleau before signing his own deal.
Marleau will receive an average salary of $6.66 million while Thornton will make $6.75 million per year, according to ESPN.com. Thornton’s deal also reportedly includes a full no-trade clause.
Thornton has a team high 53 points (6 goals, 47 assists) in 51 games this season, and Marleau has 21 goals and 26 assists, also in 51 games.