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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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The reason why it took so long for Joe Thornton's contract to be finalized was because his final dollar amount was tied to Patrick Marleau's signing decision.
Had Marleau agreed to sign with San Jose then Thornton would have taken less money to make everything work from a salary cap perspective. Ultimately though Marleau decided to sign with Toronto, so Thornton inked a one-year, $8 million contract with San Jose. "Obviously, I'm bummed that Patty's not coming back," Thornton said. "I think he's going to do great in Toronto. I think it's going be a good fit. Patty will be a Shark for life and he'll go down as the best Shark of all-time." Jul 3 - 10:46 AM

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San Jose has officially announced the signing of Joe Thornton to a one-year contract.

According to the Top Shelf Hockey agency, the deal is worth $8 million. The Sharks didn't disclose the terms. Thornton had seven goals and 43 assists in 79 games last season.
Jul 2 - 9:44 PM

The San Jose Sharks have reportedly re-signed Joe Thornton to a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Thornton reportedly was seeking a three-year deal, so if the Sharks were indeed able to land him for just a single season then that's great for the team. While Thornton still can contribute offensively, he'll turn 38 years old on Sunday so his age is becoming an increasing factor that makes any sort of multi-year contract a big risk. At $6.5 million, his cap hit is on the higher end given that he's coming off a 50-point campaign, but that higher salary is presumably what it took to keep his term to a single season.
Jul 1 - 3:19 PM

The San Jose Sharks are reportedly willing to sign Joe Thornton to a multi-year contract.

The term might still be an issue though as it's believed that Thornton wants a three-year deal, but San Jose hasn't gone higher than two years. Thornton will celebrate his 38th birthday on Sunday, so it wouldn't be surprising if San Jose is indeed reluctant to offer that third season. Thornton is eligible to become a free agent on Saturday. As previously reported, San Jose is also believed to be offering Patrick Marleau a two-year deal.
Jun 30 - 6:12 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams that have contacted Joe Thornton.

Don't read too much into that as there are a lot of teams that have expressed at least some interest in Thornton. That being said, he would be an interesting fit in with the Maple Leafs. Toronto's an up-and-coming team with a lot of talented rookies that are about to become sophomores and Thornton could be a wealth of information for them.
Jun 29 - 2:02 PM

Los Angeles is reportedly making a significant push to sign pending UFA Joe Thornton.

The Kings want his playmaking skills to help improve their offense. Thornton's ability to score goals has diminished, but he can still set up plays in the attacking zone with the best of them.
Jun 27 - 5:53 PM

Joe Thornton's representatives have reportedly heard from 12 teams so far as free agency approaches.

The Sharks remain his top option, but he is listening to other offers. Thornton has played for San Jose for the last 12 seasons, so this is unfamiliar territory for him.
Jun 26 - 6:01 PM

Not that it comes as a surprise, but Joe Thornton wasn't among the San Jose Sharks' list of protected players.

Thornton is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so there was no expectation that the Sharks would protect him. That being said, Vegas does have a 72-hour window to talk to pending UFAs like Thornton. In the event that Vegas was able to come to terms with Thornton then that would count as the player they took with the Sharks. It would be a surprise if that happened, but that's just some food for thought. Thornton is currently recovering from a torn ACL/MCL and might be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. He's engaged in contract talks with San Jose and it's believed that he's seeking a three-year deal.
Jun 18 - 1:46 PM

Joe Thornton, who is recovering from a torn ACL and MCL, has been working out daily at the Sharks' practice facility.

Sharks GM Doug Wilson believes that Thornton will be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. Thornton is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he's engaged in contract talks with San Jose. Based on a previous report, it's believed that Thornton is seeking a three-year deal.
Jun 16 - 3:43 PM

Joe Thornton reportedly would like a three-year deal.

It could end up costing the Sharks between $15-to-17 million to keep Thornton in the fold. His first choice remains to stay with San Jose, but he can talk to other teams in late June before free agency opens on July 1. Thornton is expected to recover fully from his left knee injury. According to multiple sources most of the damage was to his MCL.
May 23 - 6:29 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season.

He had surgery Monday to repair two damaged ligaments in his knee. Thornton was hurt on April 2 and his torn ACL and MCL kept him out for the final three games of the regular season as well as the first two matches of the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 4:29 PM

Joe Thornton was scheduled to undergo knee surgery on Monday.

As previously reported, Thornton was playing with a torn MCL and ACL in the postseason. Sharks GM Doug Wilson wasn't sure what the timetable for Thornton's recovery would be, but that they would know more after the surgery. Thornton is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, so if his availability for the start of the 2017-18 campaign is in jeopardy then he might end up going unsigned over the summer.
Apr 24 - 6:27 PM

Joe Thornton was playing with a torn MCL and ACL in the playoffs.

"I've never seen a guy play with a torn MCL and ACL... It's a courageous effort as I've ever seen," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer. That's an understatement. It's amazing to think that Thornton was playing through that severe of an injury. Thornton had two assists and averaged 18:50 minutes in four postseason games, which is remarkable when you consider what he was working with. We have to wonder though if he'll be healthy enough to participate in training camp or if he might even miss a significant chunk of the 2017-18 campaign. Keep in mind that Thornton is also scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, so he might go unsigned this summer as teams wait to see how healthy the 37-year-old is come September.
Apr 24 - 2:52 PM

Joe Thornton is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Thornton has just completed his contract that began at the start of the 2011-12 season. The 37-year-old has had a productive career with the Sharks but was unable to lead them to the Stanley Cup. He could head elsewhere next season if he is unwilling to give the Sharks a hometown discount.
Apr 24 - 10:31 AM

Joe Thornton is still banged up, but he is trying to play through it.

That shouldn't come as a surprise considering he missed the start of the playoffs with a lower-body injury. Despite the ailment, Thornton has been one of the best players for the Sharks in the playoffs thus far.
Source: SF Gate
Apr 22 - 10:55 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Logan Couture
2Joe Thornton
3Tomas Hertl
4Chris Tierney
5Ryan Carpenter
LW1Jannik Hansen
2Timo Meier
3Mikkel Boedker
4Brandon Bollig
5Melker Karlsson
RW1Joe Pavelski
2Joel Ward
3Joonas Donskoi
4Barclay Goodrow
5Daniel O'Regan
6Marcus Sorensen
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Paul Martin
4Justin Braun
5Brenden Dillon
6Dylan DeMelo
7Tim Heed
8Radim Simek
G1Martin Jones
2Aaron Dell