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Sharks sign Joe Thornton to 3-year extension

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The San Jose Sharks have signed captain Joe Thornton to a $21 million, three-year contract extension.

The team announced Saturday the deal to keep its top player under contract through 2013-14. Thornton was recently named captain for San Jose. He has been one of the top players in the league since joining the Sharks in a trade with Boston in November 2005.

His 479 points since joining the Sharks are the third most in the NHL during that span. Only Alex Ovechkin with 511 and Sidney Crosby with 481 have more.

Thornton has helped San Jose post the top record in the Western Conference the past two seasons. The Sharks made it to the conference final last season before being swept by Chicago.

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