The San Jose Sharks have resigned star forwards Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski to four-year contracts Thursday, keeping them off the free-agent market.
"We are very pleased that Patty and Joe have committed to this organization now and in the future," Doug Wilson said, clearly pleased with the early settlement. "They have solidified their place in the game among the league's top forwards and we are excited as an organization to have Joe and Patty back in San Jose to build on what we accomplished last season."
The moves to keep Marleau and Pavelski come two days after Wilson and the front office decided not to try and bring Evgeni Nabokov back next year.
The moves bookending this week's announcements seem to support and back Wilson's statements regarding the salary cap and fiscal constraints in the Nabokov situation.
Marleau will receive $27.6 million in the four-year deal. Pavelski, who would have been a restricted free agent, will be paid $16 million for the same four years.
Marleau and Pavelski played big roles this past postseason in bringing the San Jose Sharks to one of their most successful seasons. The Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Final but was swept by the eventual Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks.
Holding almost every major statistical record for the Sharks, Marleau is first in goals (320), assists (373) and games played (953).
He enjoyed a great season, his first full season without the captaincy under Todd McLellan and posted a team high 44 goals and finished with 83 points.
Marleau tallied eight goals and five assists in the playoffs, scoring the game-winners in San Jose's final two wins over Detroit and five goals in the Western Conference Finals.
Pavelski had a coming out party early in the playoffs this year while posting 17 points in 15 games, including three game winners. Despite becoming the first player since Mario Lemieux in 1992 to have three straight multi-goal games in the postseason, Pavelski was not as effective in the Western Conference Finals.
While preparing for the NHL Draft in LA, Todd McLellan interviewed with NHL Live and said that the signings this early were huge.
As far as goaltending was concerned, McLellan gave Thomas Griess a vote of confidence but also hinted that a veteran move may be made as he eluded to Griess's relative inexperience.
Coach Mclellan also elaborated on quite a few topics ranging from a necessary upgrade in speed, consistent special teams play, and striving to add speed and ability. For a fan reading in between the lines, he also mentioned missing a big shot from the blueline and possible upgrades to the defensive corps.
Mac went on to mention that the captaincy would be addressed as a team but was non commital to either Marleau or Pavelski at this time.
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