Sharks sign Thornton, Marleau to 3-year extensions

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 24, 2014

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 12: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks awaits a face off during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Sharks defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The San Jose Sharks have signed captain Joe Thornton and franchise leading goal scorer Patrick Marleau to three-year contract extensions. The deals signed Friday keep two of San Jose's most important players off the open market this summer and under contract with the Sharks through the 2016-17 season. ESPN first reported the deals that will pay Thornton an average of $6.75 million over the three years and Marleau $6.66 million. Despite both being 34 years old, Thornton and Marleau are still playing at an elite level. Thornton leads the NHL with 47 assists and is sixth with 53 points. Marleau was picked for the Canadian Olympic team and has 21 goals and 26 assists this season.
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