Patrick Marleau agrees to 2-year, $12.6 million extension with Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -

- Patrick Marleau agreed to a two-year, $12.6 million contract extension with the San Jose Sharks on Friday, keeping the longtime captain with the club through 2010.
After months of negotiations and public speculation on Marleau's future, he finalized a deal two weeks before training camp opens to stay with the club that drafted him in 1997. Marleau has played more games in teal than anyone, and he was relieved to head into camp with his future resolved.

"I put a lot of thought into it, but what it came down to is I've been here the longest," Marleau said in a phone interview after putting down his 10-month-old son Landon, for a nap.
"I'm the last guy standing. I've come up with the team, and now that we've got what I think is a Stanley Cup-caliber team, I thought it wouldn't be the best time to leave. It was important to me to stay with the team, to stay in the Bay Area."
Marleau's extension finishes a busy summer for general manager Doug Wilson, who also signed forwards Joe Thornton and Milan Michalek and defenseman Craig Rivet to multiyear contracts. Jonathan Cheechoo is among several other young players with long-term commitments to San Jose.
"A group of our guys understand we're coming in to the prime of where our team is at," Wilson said. "It's an exciting time for us, for this number of players to step up and want to be a part of it. I think they sense there's something good in place."
Marleau's new deal will pay him $6.3 million each season, a hefty raise for the Sharks' second-line center. Thornton, the Sharks' top-line center and the league's second-leading scorer, will average $7.2 million per year in his three-year extension, which also begins in 2008.
Marleau, a two-time All-Star who has one year and $4.5 million left on his current contract, was San Jose's second-leading scorer last season with 32 goals and 46 assists. He became the Sharks' franchise leader in points (491), goals (219) and assists (272) last season, surpassing former captain Owen Nolan in all three categories.
Though some have questioned whether the mild-mannered farmer's son from Saskatchewan can be an effective NHL leader, Wilson isn't among Marleau's doubters.
"He's got that balance," Wilson said. "He understands that there's nobody bigger than the game, and nobody bigger than the team. The relationships that players have with fans are based on that premise. He gives back, and he's very involved in the community."
Marleau, who has been with the Sharks since he was an 18-year-old rookie in the 1997-98 season, also passed Mike Rathje for the franchise record in games played (717), cementing his status as a longtime fan favorite at the Shark Tank.
But Marleau struggled in the playoffs, going scoreless with a minus-5 rating in the Sharks' six-game second-round loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Coach Ron Wilson launched thinly-veiled criticisms at his captain, who absorbed and accepted much of the blame for the Sharks' latest early-round postseason exit after the NHL's fifth-best regular season.
Marleau then was surrounded by trade rumors when negotiations over his extension stretched through the summer, with the Montreal Canadiens reportedly the most eager to swing a deal. But Marleau always said he wanted to stay in San Jose, his wife's hometown and the Canadian's adopted home. "You learn from listening and taking all these calls, but there really was only one priority, and that was to re-sign Patrick," Doug Wilson said. "Did teams call as recently as the last couple of days? Yes, they did, but the response was always that we're trying to re-sign Patty."

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NICE!!! Now we're all set for a while!
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Babe_Ruth

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The Sharks have been doing a great job re-signing all there key pieces this off-season, Thorton is locked up so is Michalek now they re-sign Marleau to a two year extension, this team should have a lot of success in the upcoming years.

I never expected the Sharks to re-sign him though since they have put a lot of money in Thorton and Michalek.
 
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Sharks having been doing a very good signing core players this offseason.
 

andrew_bishop

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While this was a great move by the team I think they gave him a huge sum there. I mean he's an amazing player and all but the contract is a little big and with some other good guys out there I think they could have spared a bit.

But yeah good deal for the Sharks because this guy is one of the best pure players in the league and the Sharks face right now for the last little while and atleast for another few years.
 
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While this was a great move by the team I think they gave him a huge sum there. I mean he's an amazing player and all but the contract is a little big and with some other good guys out there I think they could have spared a bit.

But yeah good deal for the Sharks because this guy is one of the best pure players in the league and the Sharks face right now for the last little while and atleast for another few years.
I agree about the pay raise a bit. With Thornton's new contract, he's only going to get 7.2 million and Marleau will get 6.3 million. I think with Thornton's huge offensive numbers over the past 5 years he deserves what he's getting whereas Marleau should probably be getting a million less.

But we sill needed to get him signed. I'm really shocked the Sharks were able to keep both players for another couple years. We definitely have one of the best 1-2 punch down the middle.
 

andrew_bishop

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Im not one bit shocked that the Sharks locked up both guys. Both have said that they are commited to hockey in San Jose and I believe that both will work their ass off to try and make it as good as possible and like you said with both guys under contracts now its a lot easier to do.

It should be another smooth year in the Shark Tank if these two guys get on a roll.