The San Jose Sharks signed veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau to three year contract extensions. Thornton's deal averages $6.75 million per season, while Marleau's figure is $6.66 million.

Ryan Suter and Zach Parise have identical contracts with the Wild that will pay them:

Year 1: $2 million base salary + $10 million signing bonus = $12 million
Year 2: $2 million base salary + $10 million signing bonus = $12 million
Year 3: $6 million base + $5 million signing bonus = $11 million
Years 4-8: $9 million base
Year 9: $8 million base
Year 10: $6 million base
Year 11: $2 million base
Years 12-13: $1 million base

Here are the top players of each team:

PLAYER ........... POS GP G A PTS +/-

Joe Thornton, ..... C 52 8 47 55 16
Joe Pavelski, ....... C 52 28 25 53 14
Patrick Marleau, . C 52 22 26 48 11
Logan Couture, .. C 43 14 21 35 13

Jason Pominville, RW 54 20 15 35 -4
Mikko Koivu, ..... C 44 8 27 35 -4
Ryan Suter, ........ D 54 6 25 31 6
Zach Parise, ...... LW 39 15 12 27 1

Parise and Suter are good players, but they are being overpaid big time. I understand they got the payout before the lockout, but the Wild knew the cap would be reduced.