Thornton & Marleau Agree to Three-Year Extensions

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Thornton & Marleau Agree to Three-Year Extensions
San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson announced Friday that forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have agreed to terms on three-year contract extensions.

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have agreed to terms on three-year contract extensions. The extensions will commence on July 1, 2014 following the expiration of Thornton and Marleau’s current contracts.

“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,” said Wilson. “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.”

Entering play today, Thornton leads the NHL in assists with (47) and is T-6th in scoring with 53 points. In 1,176 career NHL games with Boston and San Jose, Thornton has posted 1,171 points (337 goals, 834 assists), the most of any NHL player since Thornton entered the League in 1997-98. He is currently 25th on the NHL’s all-time assist list and 48th on the NHL’s all-time points list. Among active players, his 1,171 points rank third and his 834 assists rank second.

Since his trade to San Jose on Nov. 30, 2005, the Sharks have the most points and wins in the NHL, posting a 389-184-76 record (65.8% points percentage) and Thornton is the NHL’s second-leading scorer during that span (717 points [168 goals, 549 assists] behind Alex Ovechkin, 759 points). Named the eighth captain in team history on Oct. 7, 2010, Thornton ranks second on the Sharks all-time points list and is first in assists.

Thornton represented Team Canada at the 2010 (gold medal) and 2006 Winter Olympics, 2004 World Cup and in two World Championships (2001, 2005). The six-time NHL All-Star was the recipient of the 2006 Hart Memorial Trophy (Most Valuable Player) and Art Ross Trophy (NHL’s leading scorer).

Marleau is T-14th in the NHL in goals (21) and T-18th in scoring (47 points). In 1,216 NHL games, all with San Jose, Marleau has notched 908 points (425 goals, 483 assists). Over the last six seasons, Marleau has scored the fourth-most goals in the NHL (187), behind only Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos and Corey Perry. He currently sits 72nd on the NHL’s all-time goal list and is 24th on the NHL’s all-time list of game-winning goal scorers (81).

Marleau ranks first on the Sharks all-time scoring list for points, goals, power play goals, short-handed goals, game-winning goals and shots. He served as the team’s captain from 2003 thru 2009.

Marleau was named to the 2014 Canadian Winter Olympic Team and also won a gold medal with the 2010 squad. In addition, he represented Canada at the 2004 World Cup and four World Championships (1999, 2001, 2003, 2005). The three-time NHL All-Star has been named the recipient of the RAM “Sharks Fan Favorite Award” in each of the three seasons since the award’s inception.

Among active playoff scorers, Thornton ranks T-11th with 97 points (22 goals, 75 assists) and Marleau ranks 13th with 96 points (57 goals, 39 assists). In addition, Marleau ranks second in postseason goals scored and game-winning goals (14) among active players.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 236 226 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 248 201 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 232 208 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 229 189 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 242 222 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 231 201 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 230 210 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 241 216 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 220 205 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 261 260 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 219 227 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 228 232 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 198 283 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 170 272 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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