Sharks sign Thornton, Marleau to extensions

Sharks sign Thornton, Marleau to extensions
January 24, 2014, 9:15 am
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Joe Thornton wanted to wait until a deal was done with Patrick Marleau before agreeing to his own deal. (AP)

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The San Jose Sharks have agreed to terms with forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau on three-year contract extensions, the club announced on Friday. Both players were pending unrestricted free agents.

"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," 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."

[RELATED: Patrick Marleau career stats | 2013-'14 game logs]

Thornton’s contract carries a cap hit of $6.75 million, while Marleau’s is $6.66 million, according to multiple reports.

Discussions with Thornton began in October, but ramped up again in December. The captain wanted to wait until a deal was done with Marleau before agreeing to his own deal. Marleau acted as his own agent.

[RELATED: Joe Thornton career stats  | 2013-'14 game logs]

Thornton leads the Sharks in scoring with 53 points, and leads the NHL with 47 assists in 51 games.

Marleau, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, has 21 goals and 26 assists for 47 points in 51 games. He was recently named to Canada’s Olympic team for the second time in his career.