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Thoughts on this? They are locking some guys in longish term
The San Jose Sharks have agreed to a three-year, $20.25 million extension with Joe Thornton.
Like Patrick Marleau, Thornton almost certainly left some money on the table. Thornton will turn 35 years old before this contract kicks in, but he's also a player taking a slight pay cut despite the fact that he has 53 points in 50 games this season. With Marleau and Thornton taking hometown discounts, the Sharks now have 18 players under contract for just under $60 million in cap room for the 2014-15 campaign. With the cap projected to be $71.1 million, that gives the Sharks plenty of breathing room to continue to tweak and improve their team.
Patrick Marleau has agreed to a three-year, $19.98 million extension with the San Jose Sharks.
Marleau is actually taking a bit of a pay cut despite the fact that the salary cap is skyrocketing and he's still performing at an elite level. Still, the Sharks were probably reluctant to give him a three-year extension given that he'll be 35 by the time the new deal kicks in, so the lifelong Sharks player probably agreed to take less to accommodate that. It also certainly helps ensure that the Sharks will field a competitive team as Marleau continues to fight for his first Stanley Cup.