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Joe Thornton | Center | #19

Team: San Jose Sharks
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/2/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Drafted: 1997 / Rd. 1 (1) / BOS
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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

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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 underdog 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

Joe Thornton registered an assist in San Jose's 7-0 win over Edmonton in Game 4 on Tuesday.

It was Thornton's second game back after returning from a lower-body injury. He showed signs of fatigue in Game 3 and only logged 14:43 minutes worth of playing time in this one.
Apr 19 - 10:35 AM

Joe Thornton seemed to run out of gas in the third period Sunday.

Thornton returned to action after missing the first two games of the playoffs with a lower body injury and was gangbusters in the first period but was gassed by the third. He should be better for Game 4 Tuesday.
Apr 17 - 11:36 AM

Joe Thornton is officially in the lineup for Game 3 against the Oilers on Sunday.

He missed the first two games of the series with a lower body injury.
Apr 16 - 10:03 PM

Joe Thornton is on the ice warming up to play in Game 3 against the Oilers on Sunday.

This is usually a precursor to playing the game, and coach Peter DeBoer already noted that he'll defer to the former captain. Expect Thornton to suit up tonight after missing the first two games of the series.
Apr 16 - 9:34 PM

Joe Thornton (lower body) might return to the Sharks' lineup on Sunday.

Thornton was on the ice for about 15 minutes on Sunday morning, which puts him in line with what most of the other players projected to play did. By contrast, he was on the ice for over an hour on Friday, which correctly suggested that he wouldn't play that night. "After yesterday with the day off, wanted something light," Thornton said. "Just kind of feel a little bit fresher today. Hopefully it responds good and I’ll be able to play tonight." He's still being referred to as a game-time decision.
Apr 16 - 4:06 PM

Joe Thornton (lower body) is expected to be back "sooner than later" by coach Pete DeBoer.

He has missed San Jose's first two playoff matches against Edmonton. The Sharks compiled just 16 shots on goal on Friday night in a 2-0 loss, with 10 coming at even strength. The power play has also suffered in Thornton's absence. San Jose has gone 1-for-12 (8.3 percent) in the series and they allowed two shorthanded goals in Game 2. Thornton may try to will himself back in the lineup for Game 3.
Apr 15 - 11:13 AM

Joe Thornton (lower body) probably won't be available on Friday.

Thornton is still a game-time decision, but the fact that he stayed on the ice after the Sharks' practice would seem to indicate that he won't be in the lineup. He is making progress though, so even if he doesn't play on Friday, he might rejoin the Sharks in the near future.
Apr 14 - 5:32 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Joe Thornton
2Logan Couture
3Chris Tierney
4Micheal Haley
LW1Patrick Marleau
2Tomas Hertl
3Mikkel Boedker
4Melker Karlsson
RW1Joe Pavelski
2Joel Ward
3Joonas Donskoi
4Jannik Hansen
5Barclay Goodrow
6Daniel O'Regan
D1Brent Burns
2Marc-Edouard Vlasic
3Paul Martin
4Justin Braun
5Brenden Dillon
6Dylan DeMelo
7Tim Heed
G1Martin Jones
2Aaron Dell