Apr 26, 2014; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton (19) controls the puck against the Los Angeles Kings during the third period in game five of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center at San Jose. The Kings defeated the Sharks 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Sharks Fans Control Joe Thornton’s Future (Poll)


It’s not often that a player stays with one team for nine years, but Joe Thornton has. That could all end if San Jose Sharks fans don’t want him anymore. It’s a bit weird, an All-Star player placing his future in the hands of fans.

Thornton is a three-time All-Star who has played 16 NHL seasons. Because of a three-year contract extension signed in January, Thornton has a full no-trade clause, and would have to approve any deal. It’s been rumored that as many as six NHL teams wouldn’t mind making a move to bring Thornton to their team. One team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, could make a strong move to acquire the 34-year-old.

“He’s perfectly happy [in San Jose] right now,” John Thornton, Joe’s brother, told the Mercury News. “He wants to stay there and win the [Stanley] Cup. He believes they still have enough talent.”[CSN Bay Area]

Thornton would reportedly like to remain a Shark, and finish out his career in teal. But there have been a few concerns with Thornton’s performance in the NHL playoffs, and any team being him in needs to take caution. Sharks management has said it will be making personnel changes, and it could involve a few top-tier players on the roster, which started by sending Dan Boyle‘s negotiation rights to the New York Islanders in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Could Thornton be addition by subtraction?

Should the Sharks move Joe Thornton?

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  • BT Farley

    Joe Thornton would fit well with the NY Rangers. He has a good report with Rick Nash and those two could get the NY Rangers back to the Finals next season. I think it’s a move Sather should look into if he plans on buying out Brad Richards.