Joe Thornton RUMORS & NEWS

  • Sharks' Thornton hit by puck, visits dentist

    San Jose Mercury News "Sharks center Joe Thornton skipped the team's morning skate because he was in need of dental work. Thornton was hit by a puck during warmups before Tuesday night's 6-5 shootout victory over the Washington Capitals. He played 22 minutes, 25 seconds and picked up two assists, but required a trip..." October 15

  • Sharks give former captain Thornton an 'A'

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton had the captaincy taken away from him during the offseason after wearing the "C" on a full-time basis for four seasons, but he'll still wear a letter on his sweater in 2014-15. The Sharks on Wednesday named four alternate captains -- Thornton, Joe Pavelski,..." October 09

  • Thornton on losing captaincy: 'It's a big responsibility so it's a little strange when they take it away from you'

    The Score "The San Jose Sharks announced on Wednesday that captain Joe Thornton and alternate captain Patrick Marleau (who was stripped of the captaincy in 2009) will come into training camp without letters on their jersey. "We are going to have a fresh slate at training camp as far as leadership goes,"..." August 20

  • Thornton no longer Sharks captain

    CSN Bay Area "It's official - Joe Thornton is no longer the captain of the San Jose Sharks. On Tuesday, general manager Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan confirmed that the team would enter training camp with no captain and no alternates, meaning former captain Patrick Marleau will also be losing a..." August 20

  • Joe Thornton draws interest but Sharks in no hurry to make major trade

    San Jose Mercury News "When general manager Doug Wilson declared last month that the Sharks were in a rebuild phase, the 72 hours leading up to Friday night's NHL draft seemed to be the ideal time for a major trade -- maybe even one involving Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau. Now, every signal indicates that won't be..." June 25

  • Report: Red Wings interested in Sharks captain Joe Thornton

    Detroit News "The Red Wings are interested in Sharks center Joe Thornton, according to ESPN NHL columnist Pierre LeBrun. LeBrun, in a discussion on tsn.ca, said Thornton, 34, wants to remain with San Jose, which in a rebuilding phase. " June 21

  • Seven centers who could move this summer – and where they’ll end up

    The Hockey News "It’s an unusual year for centers. When you build a team these days, this is a position you really need to be strong in. The Kings are deep down the middle, just as the Hawks were when they won and the Bruins in 2011. It’s a key spot on the depth chart, so when you get a good center, you tend to..." June 19

  • Expect Anaheim to be in the discussion for Spezza, Kesler and Thornton

    The Globe and Mail "Remember collecting and swapping bubble gum cards as a kid, you’d sometimes hedge a transaction by calling “trade backs” – a way to get your Dave Keon or your Frank Mahovlich back if you ever had buyers’ remorse? It makes wonder if the Anaheim Ducks and the Ottawa Senators can do some sort of..." June 09

  • Thornton, Sharks may be better off parting ways

    CSN Bay Area "In the Sharks' 22 years of existence, no player has been more important to the franchise than Joe Thornton. When he was acquired from Boston, he made a solid team a Stanley Cup contender overnight. If the 34-year-old retired tomorrow, he’s already done enough in his career to merit..." May 29

  • Sharks' Marleau, Thornton sign three-year extensions

    NHL.com "The San Jose Sharks have agreed to three-year contract extensions with top forwards Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton. ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports Thornton's deal carries an average annual value of $6.75 million while Marleau's is worth $6.66 million per season. The Sharks enter Friday..." January 25

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    Breaking news: San Jose Sharks have signed Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton to 3-year extensions.

  • Sharks' Thornton playing through swollen eye

    CSN Bay Area "Sharks captain Joe Thornton is still sporting a significantly swollen right eye, but was on the ice at Air Canada Centre on Tuesday morning and will play against the Maple Leafs. Thornton, who took a deflected puck to the face on Saturday against Anaheim that required stitches, said he was..." December 03

  • Joe Thornton’s four-goal game celebration would probably be better than yours

    Yahoo! Sports "Two days on from his incredible four-goal performance capped with the early frontrunner for goal of the year the hockey world is still buzzing about nineteen-year-old sensation Tomas Hertl. But on Thursday the conversation took a slight turn when Washington Capitals' coach Adam Oates gave voice to..." October 10

  • A tale of two Thorntons

    The Globe and Mail "On one level, it was a tale of two (unrelated) Thorntons that set the tone for Tuesday night’s NHL playoff action. You had, on the one hand, San Jose’s Joe Thornton playing a monster game – or maybe more accurately a Jumbo game – even if his sole contribution on the score sheet was a single assist..." May 22

  • Kane gains respect for Thornton

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks and Sharks have developed a sometimes-heated rivalry the last few seasons as two of the Western Conference's top teams. When they face off against each other Friday night at the United Center, a pair of friendly foes will go head-to-head. During the NHL lockout, the Hawks'..." February 15

  • Joe Thornton rescues team on the brink

    San Jose Mercury News "He has led on the scoresheet. Thursday night, he even led with his fists. But most of all, Sharks captain Joe Thornton has led his team back from the brink. The Sharks enter the final day of the regular season with a hard-fought chance to capture their fifth-consecutive Pacific Division title...." April 07

  • Joe Thornton faces big challenge in getting struggling San Jose Sharks into playoffs

    San Jose Mercury News "Joe Thornton sat down Monday in his usual space at the Sharks' practice rink. To Thornton's immediate left was the locker of Daniel Winnik, with the team for just a week. To Thornton's immediate right was the locker of Dominic Moore, with the team less than three weeks. At various spots..." March 06

  • A jumbo-sized problem

    Toronto Sun "If the San Jose Sharks are close to acquiring Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets, Sharks captain Joe Thornton doesn't want to discuss it. "We don't play those games," Thornton said Wednesday after the Sharks practised at the MasterCard Centre. "We play with the guys we have in here. We..." February 23

  • Even dad wants Joe Thornton to shoot the puck more

    San Jose Mercury News "Whenever Wayne and Joe Thornton talk hockey, the advice from father to son is always the same. Shoot the puck. "Pretty much before every game I have to remind him," Wayne Thornton said. "But he doesn't shoot enough. He never has." Joe Thornton, the Sharks captain, continues to be one of..." February 08

  • Joe Thornton ignites Sharks in win over Detroit

    San Francisco Chronicle "Sharks captain Joe Thornton and a less obvious choice, defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic, took care of business against the Red Wings on Thursday night at HP Pavilion. Thornton's hustle helped the Sharks score a momentum-changing short-handed goal at the end of the first period, and he put the..." November 18

  • Rangers coach says 'classless' Thornton should 'shut up'

    New York Post "Rangers coach John Tortorella wasn't feeling so "wonderful" about Joe Thornton's "softest team" comments on Tuesday. The Sharks center called out the Rangers on Monday night after San Jose lost to them 5-2 at the Garden. Asked about it postgame Monday night, Tortorella responded, "Wonderful,"..." November 02

  • Reaction to San Jose Sharks star Joe Thornton's comment calling New York Rangers soft

    San Jose Mercury News "Sharks captain Joe Thornton, as you may have read, was pretty critical of his own team, then took a shot at the New York Rangers after San Jose's 5-2 loss at Madison Square Garden on Monday night. "To be honest with you, they were probably the softest team we played against on this road trip..." November 01

  • Joe Thornton will play for Sharks in Game 5

    Vancouver Province "Maybe it's the difference between a Stanley Cup champion and an also-ran that can't get beyond the conference final, but the San Jose Sharks seem to be showing the Vancouver Canucks a lot of respect. When Chicago was down 3-0 and 3-1 to the Canucks, individual Blackhawks were united in their..." May 24

  • Sharks' Joe Thornton will play in Vancouver, but can he be Jumbo?

    Vancouver Sun "They've lost when they were expected to win and lost when they were expected to lose. Now, the San Jose Sharks are losing when people weren't sure. And as always at playoff time, Joe Thornton is now the problem. This time, because he is hurt. The Sharks held a sparse skate at their practice..." May 24

  • By playing hurt in Game 5, Thornton will cement role as Sharks' leader

    San Jose Mercury News "Whether he's in screaming pain for 25 shifts or numbed from head to skate toe, Joe Thornton will be heard from in Game 5 Tuesday, somehow and someway. He is hurt, but Thornton will play in Vancouver with the Sharks down 3-1 and facing elimination, because he says he'll play. "When Joe..." May 24

  • Sharks' Joe Thornton uncertain for Game 5

    San Jose Mercury News "It already was just about as bad as it could get for the Sharks. Then it got worse -- much worse. Adding injury to the insult of losing decisively Sunday in Game 4 to Vancouver at the Shark Tank, San Jose captain Joe Thornton left midway through the third period after taking a..." May 23

  • Joe Thornton's physical challenge to Kesler was a mind game

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks will battle hard in Game 2, no question. In fact, it turns out that their captain nearly came to blows with the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of their series, three days ago. Happened at the opening faceoff. Joe Thornton waited for the puck to drop against Ryan Kesler of the Vancouver..." May 18

  • Kesler vs. Thornton? It'll be a great fight … even with gloves on

    Vancouver Sun "It was a clash of the titans. Or it would have been, except Ryan Kesler just said no. Darn the Vancouver Canuck's new discipline and focus. The first puck hadn't even dropped on the National Hockey League's Western Conference final when San Jose Shark Joe Thornton challenged Kesler to fight...." May 18

  • Sweet redemption for Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton

    San Jose Mercury News "They beat the demons, the Detroit Red Wings and just about anything else and anybody else you want to name. Patrick Marleau scored the game-winner and made a potential game-saving hit, Joe Thornton controlled the pace of play, and the Sharks won the big game, with their big players, when the..." May 13

  • Joe Thornton's impact in postseason extends beyond scoresheet

    San Jose Mercury News "Joe Thornton has had an impressive playoff run to this point that goes beyond the two goals and seven assists that give him a share of the Sharks scoring lead with Ryane Clowe. The Sharks' captain also has been on the ice for four of San Jose's five overtime goals and has been strong in the..." May 06

  • Joe Thornton's line holds Red Wings stars in check

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Sharks' top line of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Devin Setoguchi has combined for one measly assist over the first two games against Detroit. A few years ago, if that happened in a playoff series, the sky would be falling. Lines would be shuffled, fans in a furor, offseason demolition..." May 04

  • With others scoring goals, Thornton steps up defense

    San Francisco Chronicle "What's the biggest difference between the Sharks this season and last? After Friday's morning skate, many Red Wings cited scoring depth, and in turn, the freedom that depth gives Joe Thornton to focus on other areas of his game. In his first season as San Jose captain, Thornton scored 21..." April 30

  • Sharks' series-winning goal unleashes Joe Thornton's emotions

    San Jose Mercury News "Joe Thornton's series-winning goal for the Sharks on Monday night has drawn rave reviews. Now the votes are in regarding his celebratory reaction. A 2.3 for Technical Merit. A 3.1 for Artistic Impression. A perfect 9.0 for Demonstration of Unbridled Emotion He Probably Had No Idea Was..." April 27

  • Iginla, Thornton closing in on milestone

    Calgary Herald "Jarome Iginla and Joe Thornton — nosing ever closer to 1,000 points — barely acknowledge the existence of the milestone. The Calgary Flames captain owns 991 points, the San Jose Sharks captain 992. Both are committed wholly to shoving their respective outfits into the best possible..." March 24

  • With no fallout for Chara, are Bruins league darlings?

    Vancouver Province "Former Boston Bruin Joe Thornton openly questioned the optics in the decision not to suspend Zdeno Chara. Reflecting on why there was no supplemental discipline in the Chara hit, Thornton suggested the Boston Bruins get favourable treatment from the league. "It's just something with Boston...." March 12

  • Sharks captain Joe Thornton's cool demeanor can turn fiery behind closed doors

    Oakland Tribune "The rap against Joe Thornton as captain of the Boston Bruins was that he could be too laid-back. He didn't show enough intensity. His internal fire didn't burn bright enough, or hot enough. More than five years after his trade to the Sharks, and with Thornton now wearing the "C" on a Teal..." February 05