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Joe Thornton | Center | #19

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (1) / BOS
Contract: view contract details

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Joe Thornton's knee problems might be part of the reason he wants to stay with San Jose.
Thornton is comfortable with the Sharks, especially during a part of his career where injuries have unfortunately been an ongoing issue. He's familiar with the Sharks doctors and the Sharks understand his situation better than anyone. If he goes to another team now, it'd be potentially tricky given those extra circumstances. It was the same problem last summer, which seems to have influenced his decision to re-sign with the Sharks in the summer of 2017. Perhaps it will be what keeps him with San Jose this year too, assuming that he fits into the Sharks' plans. May 11 - 4:31 PM

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Joe Thornton would like to return to Sharks next season and he is comfortable with another one-year deal.

Thornton can become an unrestricted free agent in July and he would take a pay cut to stay with San Jose. He also said the injury that kept him on the sidelines since Jan. 23 was the same as last year, but this time his MCL and ACL were torn in his right knee. It was his left knee last campaign.
May 8 - 2:19 PM

Joe Thornton will be eligible for unrestricted free agency this summer.

Thornton may not be back with the Sharks next year, especially if he wants to be a top-line player on the team. He also could feel that his chance to win a Stanley Cup could be better elsewhere. Thornton will turn 39 years of age on July 2 and he has been with San Jose since the 2005-06 campaign. He was limited to just 47 contests in 2017-18 and was unable to play in the postseason because of a knee injury.
May 7 - 6:08 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) won't play in Game 6 against Vegas on Sunday night.

San Jose was expected to have the same lineup for Game 6, so this isn't much of a surprise. Thornton has been trying to come back from a knee injury, but he isn't ready yet.
May 6 - 5:35 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) was on the fifth line during Saturday's practice.

Thornton has been out of action since January 23 when he suffered a knee injury that subsequently required surgery. It has been thought since Game 1 in the first round that he would be good to go, but a month has passed and he is still not ready to return to action. His status remains uncertain for Game 6 against Vegas on Sunday night.
May 6 - 7:19 AM

Joe Thornton (knee) will not play in Game 5 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Thornton practiced on the Sharks' top line on Wednesday, but he didn't end up suiting up in Game 4. San Jose won't make any changes to their lineup, which means the veteran will sit again. The 38-year-old hasn't played a game since Jan. 23. He had 13 goals and 36 points in 47 games during the regular season.
May 4 - 9:47 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) won't play in Game 4 Wednesday night against Vegas.

Thornton did not participate in line rushes at the pregame warmups and won't make his return to the lineup yet. However, he appears to be very close.
May 2 - 10:04 PM

Joe Thornton skated on the Sharks' top line during Wednesday's practice.

That could signal that Thornton will make his return for Game 4 Wednesday night. Thornton said he wasn't playing while Sharks coach Pete DeBoer called him a game-time decision, but this is the playoffs so both could be engaging in a bit of gamesmanship. As a result, we don't expect to know anything for sure until just before the contest starts.
May 2 - 3:12 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) has not been ruled out yet for Game 4 against Vegas on Wednesday night.

Thornton is listed as day-to-day. He appears to be getting closer to a return from knee surgery. Thornton has been sidelined since Jan. 23. He had 36 points in 47 matches during the regular season.
May 1 - 2:22 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) is not ready to play in Game 3 on Monday night against Vegas.

Thornton left the ice before line rushes Monday. He had been staying out late after practice, which led to some speculation that a return could be around the corner, but that won't the case for Monday at the very least. Thornton has been sidelined since Jan. 23 because of a knee injury.
Apr 30 - 2:13 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) has been ruled out for Game 2 on Saturday.

Thornton did participate in Friday's practice though and even skated on the top line. He hasn't played since Jan. 23rd, but perhaps his return isn't far off.
Apr 27 - 4:55 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) will not play in Game 1 against the Vegas Golden Knights.

This was according to coach Peter DeBoer who stated so on Sunday. Thornton has been practicing with the team for a few weeks and has partaken in the warmups as well but his return is still up in the air. Thornton had 36 points in 47 regular season games, so his presence in the lineup will definitely be a bonus once he is able to return.
Apr 23 - 8:40 AM

Joe Thornton (knee) may not be ready to play in Game 1 of the second round against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Thornton has been skating with his teammates, but he apparently does not appear to be up to full speed yet. Against a fast and relentless checking team like the Golden Knights, Thornton may be at a disadvantage if he were to rejoin the San Jose lineup before he can skate at his maximum. There's still some time for that to change, though.
Apr 21 - 1:06 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) participated in the pre-game warmups but not in the line rushes.

Thornton did not play in Game 2 and has not played since January 23 when he suffered a knee injury and required subsequent surgery. He returned to practice on March 26 and is getting ever closer to returning to the lineup. It may happen for Game 3. Stay tuned.
Apr 15 - 9:48 AM

Joe Thornton (knee) took part in the Sharks' warmups prior to Game 1.

Thornton didn't play in the contest, but it seems like he's pretty close. Sharks coach Peter DeBoer had ruled out Thornton for Game 1, but he hasn't made any final determinations on Thornton's status beyond that.
Apr 13 - 5:11 AM

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C1Logan Couture
2Joe Thornton
3Tomas Hertl
4Chris Tierney
LW1Evander Kane
2Kevin Labanc
3Timo Meier
4Mikkel Boedker
5Brandon Mashinter
6Jannik Hansen
7Eric Fehr
8Melker Karlsson
9Rudolfs Balcers
RW1Joe Pavelski
2Joel Ward
3Joonas Donskoi
4Barclay Goodrow
5Marcus Sorensen
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Brenden Dillon
5Tim Heed
6Dylan DeMelo
7Paul Martin
8Joakim Ryan
G1Martin Jones
2Aaron Dell