The San Jose Sharks announced Friday that the veteran forwards—who were both scheduled to be unrestricted free agents this summer—have agreed to terms on three-year contract extensions.
Thornton leads the NHL in assists with 47 this season and is tied for sixth in the scoring race with 53 points. Since he came to San Jose in 2005, the Sharks lead the NHL in wins and points and Thornton is second only to Washington’s Alex Ovechkin in points with 717.
“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,” Wilson said in a press release. “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.”
Marleau has been with the Sharks for his entire career and is the franchise’s all-time leader in points, goals, power play goals, short-handed goals, game-winning goals and shots. He has 21 goals and 47 points this season and has 908 points and 425 goals in his career.
Marleau and Thornton both played for Canada’s gold medal winning squad at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 and Marleau will be heading to Sochi next month to play for Team Canada once again.
Those are two important retentions for Wilson and the Sharks moving forward. Defensemen Dan Boyle and Scott Hannan also have expiring contracts and become unrestricted free agents this summer, as can forwards Mike Brown and John McCarthy.