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SAN JOSE – Two of the three big name, pending unrestricted free agents on the Sharks’ roster have been signed, sealed and delivered for the next three seasons, as Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau agreed to terms on Friday.
The third, Dan Boyle, remains without a deal after the current season. The 37-year-old defenseman is in the final year of a six-year, $40 million contract that he signed with Tampa Bay in 2008.
“As far as [Thornton and Marleau] go, I couldn’t be happier for them. They deserve it. I’m glad they’re going to be a part of this team moving forward,” Boyle said on Friday.
“As for myself, I don’t have anything to report.”
General manager Doug Wilson, who never publically comments on contract negotiations, offered a vague update on where things stand with Boyle.
“There will be ongoing discussions with several of our other players. Dan is in a different situation than Joe and Patty, and a different type of contract, but we certainly will be exploring and continuing negotiations to try and get Dan signed,” Wilson said.
Boyle is three years older than 34-year-olds Thornton and Marleau. It’s believed he’s seeking at least a two-year deal.
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It’s been a long road back from a serious head injury Boyle incurred during a game in St. Louis on Oct. 15, when he was knocked unconscious for several minutes and carried off on a stretcher. Boyle missed the next two-and-half weeks, but later admitted that he probably came back too soon. His play took a noticeable dip.
He was asked if that situation changed anything in terms of working with the Sharks towards a new deal.
“No. Honestly, I haven’t been in this situation for six years, and it hasn’t really been an ongoing thing with me,” he said. “My agent, I just let him do his job.
“Obviously, for a couple months there it was a struggle for me on the ice, but I don’t worry about the stuff off the ice until I need to. And, now is not the time.”
He reiterated his desire to stay in San Jose.
“Of course, I want to be here. I’ve said it. In this business you never know what’s going to happen. There is a business side to it, but nothing has changed on my end as far as wanting to be back here. We’ll see what happens, man.”