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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 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

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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

Joe Thornton insisted that the Sharks are confident despite seeing a 3-0 series lead get erased.

The Sharks will have to play in Game 7 on Wednesday and try to avoid being on the wrong side of history. "We were a confident bunch," Thornton said. "We felt like our game was missing in a couple games, but then we slowly got it back. This year is kind of the same way. I think our game kind of went missing for a couple games. [Monday] night we saw what we can do. So, we're a confident group in here." Thornton has two goals and three points in the playoffs, but none in San Jose's last three games.
Apr 30 - 11:35 AM

Joe Thornton was one of three Sharks to get four shots on goal in his team's 3-0 loss to the Kings on Saturday night.

It's not surprise that Thornton has been quiet over the last two games, and the Sharks have lost. He has three points in the series. Brent Burns and Tommy Wingels also had four shots on goal. Jason Demers and Tomas Hertl finished with a game-low minus-two rating.
Apr 27 - 1:19 AM

Joe Thornton had two assists in San Jose's 5-4 win against Edmonton on Tuesday.

That gives Thornton 11 goals and 74 points in 77 games this season. He became the 25th player to reach the 850 career assists milestone Tuesday night and he's just eight points shy of establishing himself as the 46th member of the 1,200-point club.
Apr 2 - 10:08 AM

Joe Thornton played in his 1,200th career game on Thursday.

Thornton is the 100th player to ever reach that mark. Given that he's just 34 and has managed to stay pretty healthy throughout his career, Thornton is probably going to end up climbing pretty high on the leaderboard. He has 342 goals and 1,189 points in those 1,200 games.
Mar 28 - 10:52 AM

Joe Thornton had two assists in the Sharks' 5-2 win on Tuesday.

Thornton has now surpassed the 70-point mark for the 10th straight season, not counting the shortened campaign. The 34-year-old ranks 46th on the NHL's all-time points list with 1189 in 1199 career games.
Mar 26 - 10:48 AM

Joe Thornton scored a goal and registered two assists in San Jose's 3-2 win over Anaheim Thursday night.

Thornton now has 11 goals and 58 assists in 71 games this season. Brent Burns also had a strong game with a goal and an assist, while Patrick Marleau also scored for the Sharks.
Mar 21 - 4:32 AM

Joe Thornton registered three assists in San Jose's 6-2 win over Toronto on Tuesday.

Thornton has nine goals and 64 points in 66 games in 2013-14. He's been hot lately with five points in his last three contests.
Mar 12 - 11:45 AM

Depth Charts

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