If only Joe Thornton would just put his clothes back on and sign a one-year contract with the Sharks, this week would be much easier. If Patrick Marleau would just decide that he absolutely didn’t want to leave San Jose and sign his own one-year deal, the beloved Los Tiburones would be set for the 2017-18 season. But that’s not how it is going to play out. For the first time in their lives, at age 38, Thornton and Marleau are unrestricted free agents. They don’t want one-year agreements. They desire two or three years. And they’ve earned the right to test the marketplace for exactly the sort of deal they want.. All signs point to a lot of testing. From coast to coast. Which, from my scan of the
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The San Jose Sharks have issued qualifying offers to forwards Chris Tierney, Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow and will retain their negotiating rights as restricted free agents. The Sharks also announced Monday that they did not issue qualifying offers to forward Nikita Jevpalovs, defender Patrick McNally and goalie Mantas Armalis. Those players will become unrestricted free agents. Tierney had 11 goals and 12 assists in 80 games last season. Sorensen had one goal and three assists in 19 games. Goodrow played just three games last season for the Sharks and has four goals and 12 assists in 77 career games.