Thornton signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with Toronto on Friday.
Jumbo Joe will be back for a 23rd NHL season, having spent the past 15 years playing with the Sharks. In 1,636 appearances, the veteran center has racked up an impressive 420 goals and 1089 assists. Thornton has also logged 179 playoffs contests in which he's racked up 133 points, but he's still looking for his first Stanley Cup championship.
Thornton is expected to suit up for Swiss team HC Davos on Saturday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Thornton had been practicing with the team but will now officially join the team for game action. This doesn't change Jumbo Joe's plans to return for another NHL season, though he still needs to find a landing spot for the 2020-21 campaign. At this point in his career, the veteran center figures to slot into a bottom-six role.
Thornton continues to train with Davos HC in Switzerland, though he hasn't logged any games yet, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.
Thornton racked up five goals and one assist in his last 10 games prior to the league going on hiatus. The veteran center will need to sign a new deal with the Sharks if he wants to return for the 2020-21 campaign. If this is the end for Jumbo Joe, he will hang up his skates following a 22-year NHL career with Boston and San Jose that featured 420 goals and 1089 assists in 1636 career games.
Per Kevin Kurz of The Athletic, Thornton is in Switzerland and could opt to play there this fall prior to the 2020-21 NHL season.
Jumbo Joe regularly spends offseason time in Switzerland with his family, so this seems like a logical scenario to help him stay in game shape given that the Sharks won't return until December, at the earliest. Kurz also relayed that Thornton will start skating soon but doesn't have any plans solidified regarding where he might suit up next. The 41-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent, so there's no guarantee that his next NHL game will be in a teal sweater, either.
Thornton plans to keep playing following the 2019-20 campaign, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Despite his advanced age, Thornton has remained a solid middle-six option for the Sharks this season, notching seven goals and 31 points while averaging 15:30 of ice time in 70 games. San Jose has been awful this season and likely won't be in a position to contend in 2020-21, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Jumbo Joe suiting up for a new club next year.
Thornton potted a power-play goal on two shots, dished three hits and added two PIM in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Avalanche.
Thornton has netted three goals in his last five games. The veteran center is up to 30 points, 76 shots on net and a minus-16 rating in 69 contests. The 40-year-old Thornton should remain in a top-six role, especially if Logan Couture (undisclosed) is forced to miss time.
Thornton scored a goal on three shots in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Wild.
Thornton scored at 9:08 of the third period to cut the deficit to one goal, but the Sharks were unable to equalize. The 40-year-old center has notched four of his six goals this season in his last seven outings. He's up to 29 points, 73 shots on goal and a minus-14 rating in 67 contests overall.
Thornton scored a goal on three shots and added two blocked shots in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Penguins.
Thornton's pass attempt late in the third period deflected off of Penguins defenseman Jack Johnson and into the net for the Sharks' fifth and final goal of the game. It was also Thornton's fifth tally this year -- he's up to 28 points, 69 shots and 32 PIM through 65 contests. It's highly unlikely the 40-year-old center comes anywhere near last year's 51-point output, but Thornton's offense could be worth a look in deep formats.
Thornton scored two goals Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Rangers.
Jumbo Joe hadn't scored in his 14 previous games, and these were his first road goals in 2020. Thornton has admitted it's tempting to get traded to a contender. After all, he's in his 22nd season and is yet to win it all. Some of the rumored destinations include Boston, Colorado, Tampa Bay, Dallas and Pittsburgh. Thornton's fantasy value is negligible -- four goals and 27 points in 61 games just don't make a dent in most leagues.
Thornton posted an assist, a shot on net and a minus-1 rating in Monday's 5-3 loss to the Panthers.
Thornton's going to fall well short of his 16-goal, 51-point campaign in 2018-19, but he's starting to contribute more with a promotion to the top six after a slew of major injuries. The 41-year-old has generated six helpers over the last eight games. Logan Couture (ankle) isn't far from returning, but there's a chance Thornton won't be around to get demoted, as there have been rumbles that he could be on the move to a contender ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
Thornton posted two assists -- one on the power play -- in Thursday's 6-3 win over the Oilers.
Thornton had the secondary helpers on Evander Kane's power-play goal in the first period and Kevin Labanc's third-period insurance tally. The 40-year-old center has five assists over his last five games. He's up to 24 points in 55 games this season. Fantasy owners in deeper formats may want to scoop him up while he's occupying a top-six role.
Thornton dished a pair of assists in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
With the two helpers, Thornton picked up his 1,500th point. The 40-year-old is just the 14th player in league history to reach that mark, doing so in 1,620 games. In 2019-20, Thornton has 22 points, 56 shots on goal and a minus-12 rating through 54 outings.
Thornton had an assist and four shots on goal in Wednesday's 5-2 loss to the Canucks.
Thornton snapped a five-game point drought with the helper. The 40-year-old now has 20 points, 56 shots and a minus-13 rating in 52 games. If Tomas Hertl (undisclosed) is forced to miss time, Thornton could be pressed into duty as the top-line center. His production might see a slight uptick if that occurs.
Thornton scored a power-play goal on two shots and added two PIM in Thursday's 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets.
Thornton's tally at 13:28 of the second period put the Sharks ahead 2-0, and it would stand as the game-winning goal. The 40-year-old center has two goals and five helpers over his last eight games, a sudden surge after a slow start to the campaign. He's at 19 points and 48 shots on goal through 46 games, but the veteran will be expected to pick up some of the slack both on the ice and in the locker room in the absence of Logan Couture (ankle).
Thornton registered an assist in Saturday's 6-1 win over the Flyers.
Thornton has three points over his last two games. The 40-year-old center is up to 15 points, 42 shots on goal and a minus-7 rating in 40 contests this season.
Thornton scored a goal on three shots, dished an assist and blocked two shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Kings.
Thornton went 38 games without a goal to start the year prior to tallying in the second period Friday. He's up to 14 points with a minus-8 rating and 41 shots on goal this year. The 40-year-old isn't likely to have much fantasy appeal in standard formats.
Thornton supplied an assist in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Thornton set up Tomas Hertl for the opening tally at 10:50 of the first period. Thornton now has 12 assists in 35 games this season, while still in search of his first goal. His lowest goal output in a season was three in his rookie year of 1997-98, and he hasn't been under 10 since 2016-17, when he scored seven.
Thornton supplied an assist in Thursday's 6-3 loss to the Rangers.
Under interim head coach Bob Boughner, Thornton received a second-line role. He had previously played as the third-line pivot for much of the season. The 40-year-old remains in search of his first goal this year -- he has 11 helpers, 31 shots on goal and a minus-8 rating through 34 contests. Thornton's appearance Thursday made him the 12th player in league history to play in 1,600 regular-season games.
Thornton picked up an assist in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to the Jets.
Thornton set up linemate Melker Karlsson for the first-period tally. Thornton has been consistent but not spectacular with no goals, eight helpers and 27 shots on goal through 26 appearances this season.
Thornton picked up an assist in Saturday's 2-1 shootout win over the Islanders.
Thornton recorded the secondary helper on Marcus Sorensen's opening tally in the second period. The helper snapped a four-game point drought for the 40-year-old center. Thornton has seven assists and 27 shots on goal in 24 contests this season while centering the third line.
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