Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/14/07 at 07:40 AM ET
from the Mercury News,
“This is becoming a destination place,” Thornton said. “Word of mouth spreads like wildfire in this league, and guys love playing here. People believe you can win playing on this team, and it’s got a chance to keep going and going.”
The summer contracts - worth nearly $75 million - were an indication that General Manager Doug Wilson believes this nucleus can overcome its playoff failures and break through to claim a Stanley Cup. Yet it also appears to have been relatively easy to convince Marleau, Thornton and Michalek that they didn’t need to test the free-agent waters - even with the lure of more money elsewhere.
“For me it was a no-brainer signing an extension,” Thornton said. “Where else would I go that’s better than here?”
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