Friday, August 24, 2007

Another step towards the future, whenever that may be

Before July 1st, the Sharks re-signed blueliner Craig Rivet to help bolster their defense and be the all important right-handed shot on the Power Play. He was given a 4 year deal worth $3.5 million, keeping him in teal (and orange) until the summer of 2011 (barring a trade, of course).

On July 1st, Doug Wilson made another move, this time giving an extension to another big piece of the Sharks PP, and probably the most important player on the team. He extended the contract of God, er, Joe Thornton, for 3 more years, keeping him a Shark until the summer of 2011 as well. The remarkable part of this deal is the term, getting Joe to agree to stay a Shark for just $7.2 million for each of the next three years, when most analysts agree that he could have gotten the league max, which was somewhere around 8 or 9 million dollars, but wanted to stay in San Jose.

Well, Doug Wilson is at it again, this time extending his extensions to the youth. Today came the official announcement of the extension of (hopefully) the top line left winger of the present and near future, agreeing to a 6 year, $26 million deal with Milan Michalek, keeping him in San Jose until the end of the 2013/14 season. Michalek, just 22, had 66 points last year, and is threatening to fully break out, as he is expected to spend most, if not all of the 2007/08 season on the top line with Jonathan Cheechoo and the aforementioned God/Joe Thornton.

However it may shake out for Doug Wilson and the Sharks on the ice this season, one thing is for certain, Milan Michalek, Craig Rivet, and Joe Thornton will be Sharks for a decent amount of time, something that, for now, none of us Sharks fans will really mind.

Go Sharks (28 days until the first preseason home game)


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