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?