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Joe Thornton | Center

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 225
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Joe Thornton scored a goal in the Sharks' 5-3 loss on Tuesday.
Thornton has recorded at least a point in five of his last six games. He has two goals and seven points in seven contests in 2014-15. Oct 22 - 10:58 AM

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Joe Thornton scored once on Saturday to reach the 1,200 point mark in his NHL career.

Thornton is the 46th player to hit the milestone in the NHL. Congratulations to Joe for the honor. It was his first goal of the season and now he has six points in five games.
Oct 19 - 9:36 AM

Joe Thornton added another two assists in the Sharks' 4-3 shootout loss on Thursday.

That puts Thornton just one point shy of the 1,200 point mark. He's started the 2014-15 campaign with five assists in four games.
Oct 17 - 5:42 AM

Joe Thornton collected two assists in San Jose's 6-5 shootout win over Washington.

Thornton now has three points in three games this season. He's also just three points away from becoming the 46th player in NHL history to reach the 1,200-point milestone.
Oct 15 - 6:18 AM

Joe Thornton skated alongside Andrew Desjardins and Mike Brown during Friday's practice.

Yeah. Thornton is taking Friday's preseason game off, so hopefully that's the only reason for the odd choice in linemates. That being said, there is some concern that the Sharks' desire to focus on their younger players will end up costing Thornton some playing time this season.
Oct 3 - 5:09 PM

Joe Thornton scored twice in Tuesday's 5-2 split squad win over the Canucks.

Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski each notched two points as the Sharks were able to earn one win in two split squad games on Tuesday. Patrick Marleau also recorded two points in the other game so it seems the core of this team is ready play at the start of this preseason. The Sharks top players have a lot to prove after last postseason's meltdown.
Sep 24 - 2:11 AM

Although Joe Thornton lost the captaincy, he still might regain it.

While that scenario seems unlikely, Sharks coach Todd McLellan didn't rule it out. McLellan said that he'll award the 'C' based on what he sees during training camp. For his part, Thornton said he'll back whoever gets the job.
Sep 18 - 10:34 AM

Joe Thornton wasn't aware that he'd lost his captaincy until he was told a about the situation by a reporter.

"I talked with Todd today, and he never mentioned anything about captains or assistant captains," said Thornton on Wednesday. Coach Todd McLellan admitted that he could have been clearer in his "clean slate" talk with Thornton. Thornton appears to be handling it well and he said he would support whoever becomes the team captain. "It's a big honor, and it's a big responsibility," he said, "so it's a little strange when they take it away from you."
Aug 21 - 5:37 PM

Joe Thornton is no longer the captain of the San Jose Sharks, but coach Todd McLellan isn't calling the decision a "stripping."

The Sharks won't have a captain or assistants going into training camp and the players will compete for the leadership roles. McLellan said that Thornton is a candidate just like everyone else. Regardless of their reasoning, this seems like a very odd move.
Aug 20 - 5:31 PM

The San Jose Sharks tend to draw a considerably larger amount of penalties than they take.

During the 2013-14 season, they drew 72 more than they took (291 vs. 219). Since the 2011-12 campaign, they're +139. No one else cracked the +90 mark, as Carolina came in second with +86.
Jun 29 - 3:28 PM

Joe Thornton's brother/agent apparently said that the San Jose Sharks are the only team on the forward's "list."

This comes on the heels of repeated comments from the Sharks about "rebuilding" and being open-minded about a swap. It doesn't sound like Thornton is interested in waiving his no-movement clause, although never say never.
Jun 22 - 2:17 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly interested in acquiring Joe Thornton.

Thornton would reportedly like to stay in San Jose and he can make that happen given his no-movement clause. Keep in mind he also likely accepted less than market value when he inked his three-year, $20.25 million contract in order to make things easier on the Sharks. At the same time, the Sharks are in a rebuilding phase and they might be able to convince Thornton to move to a contender to continue his pursuit of the Stanley Cup.
Jun 20 - 6:49 PM

Joe Thornton's agent and brother, John Thornton, said that his client might reconsider waiving his no-movement clause.

That being said, John specified that he would do it "if he felt the fans didn't want him in San Jose." The Toronto Maple Leafs are believed to be one of at least six teams interested in Joe Thornton's services.
Jun 10 - 4:43 PM

The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of at least six teams interested in acquiring Joe Thornton from the Sharks.

The Sun does not speculate as to who the other teams are but say the Maple Leafs have been kicking the tires on the 35-year-old center. Thornton is still a tremendous play maker and has three years remaining with a $6.75 million cap hit. He also has a no-trade contract but grew up a couple of hours from Toronto so that could be a factor.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 7 - 10:09 AM

There have been indicators this off-season that the Sharks may take the "C" away from Joe Thornton.

GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan have talked about turning the team over to their younger players. Additionally, Wilson said last week on Yahoo Sports Talk Live that there will be "different players in core leadership roles." Dan Boyle wore an "A" on his sweater and he won't be back with the team next year. San Jose has also done this before when they stripped Patrick Marleau of the team's captaincy before the 2009-10 season. Thornton has a no-trade clause and he may not want to leave the team even if his "C" is taken, but it could still be an odd situation to play through.
May 29 - 5:48 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Joe Pavelski
4Andrew Desjardins
5Barclay Goodrow
6Chris Tierney
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3James Sheppard
4Tye McGinn
5Mike Brown
6Raffi Torres
RW1Tommy Wingels
2Matthew Nieto
3Tyler Kennedy
4Adam Burish
5John Scott
6Eriah Hayes
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Justin Braun
4Jason Demers
5Mirco Mueller
6Matt Irwin
7Scott Hannan
G1Antti Niemi
2Alex Stalock