Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau will not be going anywhere anytime soon after the San Jose Sharks dynamic duo signed three-year extensions to remain with the club. The pair were scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this offseason.
“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.”
Marleau gets an average salary of $6.66 million while Thornton will make $6.75 million per year and a full no-movement clause, a source told ESPN.com.
Thornton leads the NHL with 47 assists in 51 games and Marleau has 47 points with 21 goals this season for the Sharks who sit in second place in the Pacific division and own the fourth best record in the Western Conference with 72 points.
With Marleau, Thornton and Joe Pavelski, who is second in the NHL in goals scored, the Sharks hope this core will finally be able to get over their playoff shortcomings and get to a Stanley Cup Final.