San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson's summer to-do list just got a little bit lighter. On Friday, the team re-signed Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to separate three year deals.
From the Sharks:
"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 Doug Wilson. “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.”
According to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun, Thornton will make $6.75 million a year and Marleau $6.66. Both were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in July and will take slight pay cuts to stay with the Sharks.
Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports that Thornton wanted to wait for Marleau, who acted a his own agent, to agree to his own deal before signing one himself.
The signings lock up Marleau, Thornton, Brent Burns, Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic through at least the 2016-17 season, according to CapGeek. Next up on Wilson's list will be a new deal for defenseman Dan Boyle, who can become a UFA in the summer.
You can argue that if the Sharks fall short of a Stanley Cup again this spring Wilson might want to blow things up, but his job is to ice a contending team and that's what he's built in San Jose. Now, if they do fail, it's on the general manager's shoulders.
And good thing Thornton didn't get a fourth year because, you know...
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