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Report: Sharks extend Thornton, Marleau

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 24 2014 12:13:48 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 24 2014 04:45:34 PM CST
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Shaun Best / Reuters

The San Jose Sharks agreed to three-year contract extensions with forwards Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton, ESPN reported Friday.

Thornton's deal pays him an average of $6.75 million per year while Marleau's is worth $6.66 million per season.

Thornton and Marleau have been key contributors to a Sharks squad that is second in the Pacific Division and fourth in the Western Conference with 72 points entering Friday.

Thornton has six goals and a league-high 47 assists in 51 games this season. His 53 points rank sixth overall. The 34-year-old has 1,171 points in 1,176 career games with the Sharks and Boston Bruins. He was the No. 1 pick in the 1997 draft by Boston.

Marleau has 21 goals and 26 assists this season. He has 425 goals and 908 points in 1,216 NHL games, all with San Jose. He followed Thornton as the No. 2 pick in the 1997 draft.