Thornton said Tuesday that he plans to play for the Sharks next season, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Thornton had previously stated he was unsure about returning for his 21st season, but the center himself confirmed he'll be back. He even doubled down when he texted Pierre LeBrun on Tuesday, stating: "Thinking I got 5 more years left in me." The 39-year-old put up a solid 16 goals and 51 points last season, proving that he still has something left in the tank. He's set to be a free agent come July 1, but it's all but a guarantee he'll be back with the Sharks next season.
Thornton has yet to decide if he'll play in 2019-20. However, if he does return, it will only be with San Jose, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
Thornton posted a respectable 51 points in 73 games this campaign, so he probably still has at least one more productive season left in the tank, but it remains to be seen if he'll be hungry enough mentally to make one last run with San Jose in 2019-20. The Sharks have a number of big decisions to make this offseason in terms of which pending free agents they should re-sign, including Thornton, so his status for next year likely won't become clear until free agency kicks off July 1.
Thornton scored twice and added a helper and a plus-3 rating in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win against the Blues in Game 3.
Thornton's second goal came in the second period, which made it a 3-1 for the Sharks at the time, but the Blues would end the frame with a 4-3 lead before the Sharks got goals from Logan Couture and Erik Karlsson to complete their comeback. Thornton has produced four goals and six helpers in 16 contests during the playoffs, providing valuable depth scoring as well as veteran experience for the Sharks.
Thornton collected an assist in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
Thornton hadn't found the scoresheet since Game 1 of the second round, when he had a goal and an assist. The helper Saturday gives Thornton seven points in 14 playoffs games during this playoff run.
Thornton scored a goal and added an assist in Friday's 5-2 win over the Avalanche for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.
Thornton went plus-3 and had three shots on goal in the contest. He's managed two goals and four helpers in seven games. He's earned 129 points in 167 postseason games in his career, which is tied for 43rd all-time, joining Bobby Hull and Henri Richard. Jumbo is also five points away from getting into the top-40.
Thornton (suspension) has served his one-game ban and is eligible to play in Game 5 against Vegas on Thursday.
Thornton was lucky to get off with just a one-game suspension after making contact with the head of Tomas Nosek. Prior to his ban, Jumbo Joe was riding a six-game point streak in which he racked up one goal and six helpers. The veteran figures to slot back into the third-line center role for Game 5.
Thornton received a one-game suspension and will not play Tuesday in Vegas, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Thornton drilled Tomas Nosek with an ugly check to the head in Game 3 and will have to face the consequences. He'll be eligible to return for Game 5 at home on Thursday.
Thornton will be subjected to a league hearing Monday for an Illegal Check to the head of Tomas Nosek in Sunday's Game 3 against Vegas.
The hit occurred in the second period when Thornton appeared to blind-side check Nosek, and was only assessed a two-minute penalty for Illegal Check to the head. Thornton doesn't have a history of questionable hits or suspension, so that will certainly help his cause as to whether he gets handed a suspension or not. It wouldn't be surprising to see a suspension, given the league's intolerance of head hits, even if it occurred in the playoffs.
Thornton committed an illegal check to the head in the second period of Sunday's Game 3 loss to Las Vegas and could face a suspension, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Thornton for his part downplayed the hit, and Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant talked it up, naturally. Aside from the hit, Thornton had an assist but no shots on goal in 14:33 of ice time.
Thornton registered an assist and five shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Golden Knights in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series.
Thornton has eight assists over his last nine games, including Wednesday's performance, as he finished the regular season strong with 51 points in 73 appearances. Thornton will provide leadership and likely some depth scoring, both of which could be vital for the Sharks' chances at a deep playoff run. He's racked up 124 points in 161 playoff appearances in his career.
Thornton notched an assist in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Oilers.
At 39 years old, Thornton has put together a strong season even while skating 2:49 less per game than he did last year. Thornton has 50 points (16 goals, 34 helpers) in 72 games in the campaign, showing he still has elite playmaking abilities in his 21st season. As a bonus, Thornton has won over 52 percent of his faceoffs this year, the 15th straight year he's been a positive pivot at the dot.
Thornton plucked a pair of apples, one on the power-play, in Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Canucks.
The two assists give him 49 points in 71 contests this year. The Sharks may be interested in resting Thornton over the final two games of the year, but they may also want to give the veteran center a chance to reach 50 points. Additionally, Thornton tied Nicklas Lidstrom for 12th place on the all-time games played list with 1,564 appearances.
Thornton provided a power-play assist in Monday's 3-2 loss to the Red Wings.
It wasn't always a big deal for Thornton to hit 30 helpers, as he did so in 17 of his 20 previous seasons, but with his role reduced to the third line this year, it's an impressive milestone. Thornton is up to 46 points overall in 67 games.
Thornton potted a goal on three shots in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
Thornton's goal briefly tied the game at 2 before Jonathan Marchessault scored 2:30 later to restore a lead Vegas would never surrender. Thornton has 16 goals and 44 points in 64 contests this year.
Thornton scored a goal on three shots in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Predators.
March has treated the 39-year-old nicely, as he has two goals and five assists in eight games this month. Thornton is up to 43 points in 63 games this season, 11 of which have come on the power play. He's no longer a point-per-game threat, but the center has done well in a third-line role this season.
Thornton dished out two even-strength assists and had five shots in Tuesday's win 5-4 over the Jets.
Thornton has been on fire for the Sharks recently, racking up 11 points in his last 11 games. More points could be expected for the 39-year-old, as he's averaged 1:44 of power-play time this campaign. With 42 points in 61 games, Thornton has been a solid fantasy producer, even at the back end of his career.
Thornton scored his 14th goal of the season, and it stood as the decisive tally in a 5-2 win over the Canadiens on Thursday.
Thornton hadn't scored since his hat trick on Feb. 18, but he did have four assists in his previous six games before Thursday's goal. He added a plus-3 rating in the contest. The 39-year-old center has 39 points in 58 games this season, and he can still provide some value to fantasy owners in deeper formats without an emphasis on physical play.
Thornton scored a trio of goals in a 6-5 overtime loss to the Bruins on Monday.
Thornton's last hat trick came in October of 2010. Thornton has always been more of a playmaker, but he has 13 goals and 21 assists in 51 games while playing mostly on the third line. With five points and four PIM in his last four games, he's heating up for the playoff push.
Thornton picked up two assists in Saturday's 5-2 victory over Edmonton.
The elder statesman last had a multi-point game at the beginning of December. But over the last month, Thornton has 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his last 13 games. This warmth is fantasy worthy.
Thornton recorded his 17th assist of the season in Thursday's 5-2 win over the Flames.
Thornton is averaging a career-worst 0.58 points per game. The 39-year-old has just three multi-point performances this season, a clear sign that Jumbo Joe is no longer a top-level fantasy threat. He's up to 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 2018-19.
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