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07:41 AM ET 12.04 | The NHL's board of governors will gather next week in Pebble Beach, Calif., which may help the league offer teams a clearer picture of where the salary cap might land. That's going to be of particular interest to the San Jose Sharks, who have had ongoing discussions with their big three UFAs -- Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle. There's only so much money and cap space to go around, especially with new extensions kicking in next year for the likes of Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski. So the Sharks want to be fair to their three core veterans, but also have to fit all three deals into the reality of their cap situation. ... All three players want to re-sign and stay put, and management wants them back. But there's still the business of making it work on all three fronts.

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December 4, 2013  07:53 AM ET

The big three that end up as big busts in the playoffs?? Maybe not a bad thing.

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December 4, 2013  08:27 AM ET

They have a ton of cap space for next year. Cap geek has them at around $19 million, plus they will probably buy out Havlat to clear another $5 million.

Plus I see these three guys as the type of guys that would take a home-town discount. I don't see them wanting to leave. Especially Thornton.

December 4, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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The big three that end up as big busts in the playoffs?? Maybe not a bad thing.

Joe Thornton is good in the playoffs. He had some rough goes early in his career in Boston, but has been good in the playoffs his entire career with the Sharks. It is a myth that he is a playoff bust. People hear how good he is on the East coast, but don't watch him during the regular season. They watch him in the playoffs, and see how he doesn't score goals, and say he is a bust. But they don't realize he rarely scores goals in the regular season. They also see him and think he isn't trying hard, but he is an effortless player and doesn't give off the impression he is working hard, because he makes it look so easy. He is just as good in the playoffs as he is in the regular season, which is really, really good.

Boyle has a Cup, and also has been great throughout his career in the playoffs.

Marleau has had pretty much the exact same production in the playoffs and in the regular season in his career, which is tough to do since scoring goes down in the playoffs. He has had some rough playoffs, but also some really good ones.

December 4, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Money is one thing. what about term at this point in their careers?

December 4, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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Money is one thing. what about term at this point in their careers?

They'll all want security. They'll be asking for multi-year deals plus NTCs.

December 4, 2013  09:26 AM ET

My second favourite team this morning.....

December 4, 2013  09:28 AM ET
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My second favourite team this morning.....

You know who stinks? Every Leaf outside Kessel, JVR, Bolland, Lupul, Franson, Reilly, and the goalies. Especially Bozak.

December 4, 2013  09:39 AM ET
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You know who stinks? Every Leaf outside Kessel, JVR, Bolland, Lupul, Franson, Reilly, and the goalies. Especially Bozak.

LMFAO - Please come back and let us know what you think after their next 7 or 8 games.

December 4, 2013  09:39 AM ET

This guy's pretty good...

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December 4, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Bozak's pass to Kessel was sublime.

Kessel's reaction to the standing O he got after the PA announcer said it was his 200th goal as the game went to commercial (I was in attendance, unfortunately) was pathetic. When your home fans stand and salute your accomplishments, you stand and acknowledge them.

That's why they call him Mr. Personality.

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December 4, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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Rangers re-sign Henrik. 8 years/$7.5m per.

7 years @ $8.5 but who's counting?

December 4, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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Rangers re-sign Henrik. 8 years/$7.5m per.

Nice.

December 4, 2013  10:30 AM ET
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This guy's pretty good...

Might want to give a 'good job' to the Stars who went to Chi-town and took home 2 points.

December 4, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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7 years @ $8.5 but who's counting?

Does he get playoff money?

December 4, 2013  10:36 AM ET
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Might want to give a 'good job' to the Stars who went to Chi-town and took home 2 points.

Please see the Stamkos thread. :)

December 4, 2013  10:42 AM ET

Merry Christmas from the Dolans and Mr. Sather.

Say goodbye to Boyle, Pyatt, D.Moore, Girardi, Powe and Asham.

Captain Cally better start burying the puck or he can take his $4.275 to the Leafs and be on the all grind line with Clarkson

 
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