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National Hockey League free agency: Joe Thornton reportedly re-signs with Sharks

However, there is one top target still left on the market and that is Patrick Marleau. The latest news is suggesting that the Dallas Stars, the Anaheim Ducks, the Sharks and the Leafs were in the running for the 37-year old. It’s highly likely that Marleau is weighing whether to take a better deal somewhere else and uproot his family (or commute back and forth to the Bay Area), or stay with San Jose on a lesser deal.Joe Thornton is prepared to sign a one-year contract worth close to $6.5 million with the Sharks, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, after entering unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career Saturday.There were reports that Thornton was looking for a multi-year contract, but it appears he’s settled for the shorter term.The Sharks may also be operating on the idea that if Marleau sticks, so too will Joe Thornton.But the veteran forward ultimately made a decision to stay onboard for one more year at a price that is almost identical to the annual average salary ($6.75 million) he received in the three-year contract he signed with the club on January 24, 2014.He tallied 50 points on 43 assists and seven goals in 79 games after posting 82 points on 19 goals and 63 assists in the 2015-16 campaign. The short summer, World Cup and silly condensed National Hockey League schedule all took their toll on him.