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Joe Thornton Signing In San Jose Is Official

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed center Joe Thornton to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Joe has become one of the faces of this franchise since his arrival in 2005 and we feel it's only fitting that he will be wearing teal going forward," said Wilson. "He is a generational playmaker and his accomplishments place him amongst the elite players to ever play the game. He has helped lead this team to new levels and continues to be one of the top two-way centers in the League. His leadership on and off the ice have been instrumental in this franchise's success, and we're excited that he has continued his commitment to this organization and the fans in San Jose."

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Evening Line- Patrick Marleau

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Waiting On Patrick Marleau

from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

He could remain in San Jose, but other clubs are said to be in hot pursuit. The Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs are all still interested in Marleau, but the 37-year-old veteran forward is surely reluctant to move on from the place he’s called home for the past 19 seasons.

Marleau was reported to have a two-year offer on the table from the Sharks on Friday, but according to one source, offers from the other clubs – particularly Toronto, from what I understand – are better than what the Sharks are offering. It’s highly likely that Marleau is weighing whether to take a better deal somewhere else and uproot his family (or commute back and forth to the Bay Area), or stay with San Jose on a lesser deal.

There is genuine uncertainty regarding Marleau from everyone I’ve talked to. No one seems to know what he’ll decide. He deserves some time to make up his mind, of course, but I would be surprised if it drags on much longer.

On a related note, I don’t expect the Sharks will announce the one-year contract for Joe Thornton until Marleau’s decision becomes public.

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Joe Thornton Appears To Be Staying In San Jose


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An Eight-Year Deal For Marc-Edouard Vlasic In San Jose And Six Years For Martin Jones

added 12:54pm, San Jose releases below...

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The NHL Needs To Be In Pyeongchang

from Marc-Edouard Vlasic at CBC Sports,

This POV was originally written for Radio-Canada and has been translated to English.

I was there sitting in front of my TV. It’s a nice TV, but I just had this urge to break it in two.

What I was seeing was completely ridiculous. It was April 3, and the commissioner of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman, announced that NHL players would not participate at the next Winter Olympic Games, taking place in less than a year in South Korea. And that the case was closed. At first, I told myself they had missed April Fools by two days.

The elimination rounds of the NHL playoffs were about to start. In terms of timing, it was perfect for the league. People were going to chat a bit, then the series would start and all the Olympic stories would quickly be forgotten.

I can’t say that I am disappointed. When you are disappointed you can move on. When you’re in a relationship and that person leaves you, it’s disappointing and you are frustrated. But even if it’s difficult, you turn the page. No, saying that I am disappointed is not strong enough, because this is unacceptable. Players in the NHL should participate in the Olympic Games for two good and simple reasons: First, the Olympic Games must have the best players in the world facing off.

Second, it is the ideal occasion to promote our sport all over the world. If NHL players don’t end up going to Pyeongchang, I will spend the rest of my career (I have always wanted to play until I am 40, so the next 10 years) feeling frustration and hatred towards the NHL.


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San Jose Sharks Trade Mirco Mueller To The New Jersey Devils

SAN JOSE, CA  - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired a 2017 second (49th overall) and fourth (123rd overall) round draft selection from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for defenseman Mirco Mueller and a 2017 fifth round (143rd overall) draft selection.

The Sharks now have eight selections in the 2017 NHL Draft; 1st round (19th), second round (49th), fourth round (123rd), sixth round (159th, 174th) and seventh (205th, 212th, 214th).

"We want to thank Mirco for his years of service to the San Jose Sharks and the San Jose Barracuda organizations," said Wilson.  "This will be an excellent opportunity for Mirco to continue his development and with our organization's depth on the blueline, an opportunity for us to acquire assets for the future.  We wish him the best."

Mueller played in 54 NHL games with San Jose from 2014-2017, posting six points (two goals, four assists) and 17 penalty minutes.  He was originally drafted in the first round (18th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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Afternoon Line- Logan Couture

“I had a couple fractures in my face from the injury, that’s why I was obviously wearing a cage to begin with, just to let my face heal a little bit longer, they’re not fun.”

-Logan Couture, via Paul Gackle of the Mercury News.

Couture posted an Instagram picture, view it below...

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What’s Next For Joe Thornton?

from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

Thornton is 37 years old. He will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. But after putting his knee on the line for his team, he underwent surgery Monday afternoon to repair the damage.

Which means: Any team that was thinking about signing Thornton to a free agent deal would surely want to see how his knee recovers from the surgery–but with a six-month recovery and rehab period ahead of him, no one will know for certain about his status until October, which is when the NHL season starts.

Which almost surely means: Thornton is likely to receive no free agent offers this summer–or at least no multi-year offers, which he’s said to prefer.

Which furthermore means: Thornton’s unfortunate injury could benefit the Sharks. They have exclusive rights to Thornton regarding a contract extension until July 1.  It’s a safe assumption that the team wants him back. But if general manager Doug Wilson wishes, he could use the situation as leverage for terms that are more favorable to the team. That could include less money or a shorter contract term.

Which calculatedly means: Thornton is not in the best negotiating position, despite being one of the NHL’s all-time top 25 point scorers.


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Joe Thornton Will Have Knee Surgery Today

via the Mercury News,

The knee injury that Sharks star Joe Thornton suffered was a significant one — he tore both his ACL and MCL before the NHL playoffs began, the team announced Monday.

Thornton, 37, played the last four games of the Sharks’ first-round playoff series against Edmonton after missing the first two.

“It’s as courageous an effort — him doing what he did — as I’ve ever seen,” said Sharks coach Peter DeBoer.

Thornton was scheduled to have knee surgery later Monday afternoon.

The Sharks also disclosed that Patrick Marleau played the series with a broken thumb and Tomas Hertl played with a broken foot.

added 3:24pm, if you need a refresher on the injury, watch below...

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