Two of the hottest potential trade candidates are officially off the market.
Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau inked new deals to remain part of the San Jose Sharks for the next three seasons. Thornton will earn $6.75M while Marleau will earn a smidgen less at $6.66M per season.
Both players will be 37 years of age when the contracts expire.
These are great signings for the San Jose Sharks. This is a team in the thick of the competition in the strong Western Conference and they just locked up two of their best players, both of whom they could have easily dealt for a whole heap of assets while they road Couture and Pavelski down the middle.
What makes these deals beauties is the fact that they are for only three years. Most players want that big time cash out for the end of their career, usually taking them to age 39 or 40 where they will be disgustingly overpaid in their final two-three years.
Thornton and Marleau are still highly effective players in the NHL and should still be functional for the Sharks when they are in their final year of the new deals. It’s safe to assume the Sharks expect to be Stanley Cup contenders for the next several seasons and their play hasn’t suggested anything to combat that theory.
So, with all of that said, there is still a player with an expiring deal that has been lost in all of this conversation.
San Jose had the “big 3” UFA’s heading into the trade deadline and now two of them have been awarded extensions. What does that mean for Dan Boyle? A trade perhaps?
Boyle’s play has declined but he would still be an effective player for a team taking a run at a Stanley Cup. He can quarterback a power play and give you sound defense in your own end. At his age there is nothing flashy about his play anymore but teams look for consistency in a rental and Boyle can provide that.
San Jose would get a pretty decent return on the aging blueliner and use that to continue to build on the fly like they’ve done for the past decade. A little known fact: If Detroit misses the post-season that would put the San Jose Sharks in top spot for the longest active playoff streak.
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