After excelling in the regular season, the Olympics, and the playoffs, Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski earned the right to test their worth on the free agent market.
But instead of looking for the biggest contract, the two star forwards decided to remain with the San Jose Sharks by signing four-year deals a week before becoming free agents.
“You want to be on a winning team and you want to allow the team to be able to bring in players or to keep players around in order for you to be a successful team and win,’’ Marleau said. “That’s definitely something we talked about and played a factor.’’
Marleau, who was eligible to be an unrestricted free agent Thursday, will reportedly receive $27.6 million. Pavelski, who could have been a restricted free agent, got $16 million.
General manager Doug Wilson said earlier in the week that it would be a “home run’’ if he could lock up his two most important potential free agents this week, and he was able to deliver.
“I don’t think there’s any doubt and history has shown that the marketplace would have been very friendly and kind to these two players,’’ said Wilson. “Supply and demand. It’s awfully rare that these type of players are available.’’