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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
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Although many believe Joe Thornton's game has deteriorated to the point of him being barely fantasy worthy, we don't share that opinion.
In fact, based on his off-season conditioning due to knee surgery he underwent to repair ACL and MCL tears, we are rather bullish on Thornton and expect a bounce-back to the 60-65 point range. That would make him a top 30 scorer in the NHL and fantasy worthy to us. Oct 7 - 1:14 PM

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Joe Thornton picked up an assist in Wednesday's regular season opener against the Flyers in 18:04 of ice time.

Thornton passed Brett Hull for sole possession of 22nd place on the NHL's all-time points list with the helper on a power-play goal by Logan Couture in the third period. The 38-year-old was limited to just seven goals last season, but he also posted his 16th campaign with at least 50 points. There is no reason to bet against him notching his 17th such season or production.
Oct 5 - 2:19 AM

Joe Thornton looked good according to coach Peter DeBoer, in his preseason debut Saturday.

DeBoer said that by the third period, Thornton was the Sharks top player but that might not be saying a lot as San Jose dropped a 4-0 decision to Arizona. "It felt great," Thornton said after Saturday’s game. "A little rusty, but my lungs felt great, my legs felt great, so it was just fun to be out there again." Thornton underwent knee surgery five-plus months ago to repair a torn ACL and MCL and will be ready for the start of the season Wednesday. He is definitely on the downhill side of his career at age 38 so look for between 40-50 points this season from the veteran.
Oct 1 - 9:04 AM

The San Jose Sharks have announced that Joe Thornton will make his pre-season debut tonight against the Arizona Coyotes.

Thornton has practiced fully since mid-September as he continues to make progress from knee surgery. Barring any setbacks tonight, he will be ready for San Jose's season opener on October 4th against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Sep 30 - 2:21 PM

Joe Thornton was a full participant in practice Friday and said his knee feels 100 percent.

"I rehabbed hard this summer and the knee feels great, to be honest with you," Thornton said. "The knee feels good. I feel 100 percent, ready to compete." The veteran forward had surgery to repair the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his left knee just under five months ago.
Sep 15 - 5:42 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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