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Source: Sharks to sign Joe Thornton to one-year deal

Source: Sharks to sign Joe Thornton to one-year deal

UPDATE (5:57pm PDT on Sunday): The Sharks announced Sunday evening that they have re-signed Joe Thornton to a one-year deal. According to the Top Shelf Hockey agency, the deal is worth $8 million.

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SAN JOSE – The greatest player to ever lace up the skates for the San Jose Sharks organization, Joe Thornton will remain with the team on a one-year contract, NBC Sports California has learned.

TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that Thornton will earn "closer to $6.5 million than $6 million" in 2017-18 when the deal is finalized.

There was widespread interest around the league in Thornton, an unrestricted free agent, but in the end he chose to return to the organzation with which he has spent the past 11-and-a-half seasons of his career. 

In 914 games with the Sharks, Thornton has 215 goals and a franchise-record 722 assists for 937 points. Since he was traded to the Sharks on Dec. 1, 2005, only Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have more points, and the Sharks’ winning percentage of .637 since the trade is the best mark in the NHL.
 
In 19 seasons in the NHL with the Sharks and Bruins, Thornton has 1,391 points, placing him 23rd all-time in NHL history. He is 13th all-time in league history with 1,007 assists.
 
In 2017-18, Thornton, who turns 38 on Sunday, posted seven goals and 43 assists for 50 points in 79 games.  He suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in a game in Vancouver on April 2, forcing him to miss the final three regular season games and first two games of the Sharks’ first round series loss to Edmonton. He returned in Game 3, somehow playing through a torn MCL and ACL, and underwent surgery on April 24.

Thornton, a six-time NHL All-Star, won the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in 2006. He has represented Canada in the Olympics twice, winning gold in 2010, and was a member of Canada’s triumphant World Cup of Hockey teams in 2004 and 2016. He was named as the Sharks player of the year in 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2015-16.

Sharks winger Joonas Donskoi has officially arrived

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Sharks winger Joonas Donskoi has officially arrived

It turns out the top-six winger the Sharks needed to replace Patrick Marleau was on the roster all along.

Joonas Donskoi skated on Logan Couture’s line in Monday night’s shootout loss to the Ducks, and was San Jose’s best player. He scored the Sharks’ only two goals, and tied for the team-lead among forwards with four shots on net.

Donskoi added another goal in the ninth-round shootout, but his two goals in regulation were his sixth and seventh on the season. With those goals, he surpassed his total from an injury-riddled campaign a year ago, and stands three tallies clear as San Jose’s second-leading goal-scorer this season.

Due to Melker Karlsson’s injury, Donskoi skated with the Sharks’ leading goal-scorer, Logan Couture, and rekindled the strong chemistry the pair has shown since the Finnish winger arrived in San Jose in 2015.

Of the nine lines Couture has skated on for at least 50 minutes dating back to the beginning of the 2015-16 season, the three best in terms of puck possession have had Donskoi on his wing. Those three combinations have controlled at least 54 percent of the five-on-five shot attempts, according to Corsica Hockey.

Adding Tomas Hertl, who’s already a strong possession player, to that line bodes well for an even stronger second line moving forward. With Karlsson on the wing, the line controlled only 47.7 percent of the shot attempts, per Corsica, meaning the Sharks have been routinely out-possessed with them on the ice.

That was not the case with Donskoi in Karlsson’s place, as Donskoi posted positive possession numbers alongside Couture and Hertl on Monday, according to Natural Stat Trick. The results were there, as evidenced by the game’s opening goal, but it’s a good sign that the process was, too.

The same, frankly, can be said of Donskoi’s entire season up to this point. He likely won’t convert on over 18 percent of his shots all season, of course, but the Sharks have the puck more often than their opponents when he’s on the ice, and should continue to generate pressure, chances, and ultimately goals, even if Donskoi’s personal scoring comes down.

When Karlsson comes back, Donskoi should remain on Couture and Hertl’s line. That would allow the former to slide into a role better-suited to his game, and the latter to bolster San Jose’s top-six forward group.

Donskoi’s earned an extended look in that spot thanks to his resurgence, and subsequent emergence, this season. Thanks to him, replacing Marleau’s production suddenly seems much less daunting.

Two Donskoi goals not enough as Sharks fall to Ducks in shootout

Two Donskoi goals not enough as Sharks fall to Ducks in shootout

BOX SCORE

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Antoine Vermette beat goalie Martin Jones in the ninth round of a shootout to give the Anaheim Ducks a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.

Corey Perry, Cam Fowler and Brandon Montour also scored during the tiebreaker for Anaheim.

Joonas Donskoi, Tim Heed and Brent Burns had shootout goals for the Sharks. Tomas Hertl missed his attempt in the ninth round, leaving Vermette a chance to win it.

Perry and Rickard Rakell scored in regulation for the Ducks. Reto Berra made 40 saves in his first start of the season.

Donskoi had two goals for the Sharks, including the tying score in the third period. Jones stopped 28 shots.

Donskoi helped create his own goal by knocking the puck away from a Ducks defender and getting it to Logan Couture for a give-and-go as the Sharks took a 1-0 lead 3:31 into the game.

The Ducks came back in the second period to even the score 45 seconds in. After winning a faceoff in the San Jose zone, Brandon Montour sent a sharp pass to Perry's stick. Perry settled it and fired into the net for the equalizer.

Rakell gave the Ducks a 2-1 advantage midway through the second, just as a power play ended. Perry took a shot that bounced off Jones' pads, and Rakell knocked it into the net before Jones could cover up.

The Sharks snapped an 0-for-17 streak on the power play with a goal midway through the third to tie it. Donskoi tracked down a rebound and flipped it off Berra's right pad and into the net for his second career multi-goal game.

NOTES: Ducks D Cam Fowler returned to action after missing 12 games with a knee injury. ... Sharks C Melker Karlsson missed the game with an upper-body injury. ... Sharks forward Kevin Labanc, who hasn't played much recently, started on the top line with Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski. Donskoi was moved to the second line. ... Ducks G Ryan Miller missed the game with a lower-body injury. Berra made his fourth appearance this season. ... Perry has seven points in his last five games. ... Rakell has a point in seven of his past eight games, with a total of 11 during that span. ... The Sharks scored their second power-play goal in eight November games.

UP NEXT

Ducks: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Sharks: Play at the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday.