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Joe Thornton signs extension

Updated: October 17, 2010, 1:16 AM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

The San Jose Sharks have signed captain Joe Thornton to a $21 million, three-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

Thornton, who is earning $7.2 million this season, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1 and would have been arguably the biggest name on the market.

"Joe stepped up and made a tremendous commitment to this franchise, his teammates and the fans in San Jose," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "We are very pleased that we now ...

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