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 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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