July 2, 2018 | 3:45pm ET [Updated: 4:50pm ET]
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SHARKS RE-SIGN THORNTON, HERTL

 
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Joe Thornton, centre

 

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed unrestricted free agent centre Joe Thornton to a one-year, $5 million contract, and restricted free agent forward Tomas Hertl to a four-year, $22.5 million contract.

Thornton, who turned 39 today, recorded 13 goals and 23 assists for 36 points in just 47 games with the Sharks last season.

“Joe has become one of the faces of this franchise since his arrival in 2005 and we feel it’s only fitting that he will be wearing teal going forward,” said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. “He is a generational playmaker and his accomplishments place him amongst the elite players to ever play the game. He has helped lead this team to new levels and continues to be one of the top two-way centers in the League. 

“Nobody loves the game of hockey more than Joe Thornton and his leadership on and off the ice have been instrumental in this franchise's success. We’re excited that he has continued his commitment to this organization and the fans in San Jose.”

Thornton has recorded 1,427 points (397 goals, 1,030 assists) and a plus-197 rating in 1,493 career NHL games, to date.

Hertl, 24, picked up 22 goals and 24 assists for 46 points, 41 penalty minutes and 175 shots on goal in 79 games with San Jose this past season.

“Tomas took a big step forward last season, both on and off the ice, and we feel that he is just starting to hit his prime,” said Wilson. “He has the ability to be a dominant player in this League and proved during the playoffs that he can take over any given game with his combination of skill and strength. His capability to play both center and the wing gives our team some flexibility, and he has one of the most infectious personalities in our dressing room. We’re excited he made this commitment to our organization.”

In 328 career NHL games, all with San Jose, Hertl has registered 170 points (81 goals, 89 assists) and a plus-12 rating.