Joe Thornton RUMORS & NEWS

  • Thornton, Marleau kicking off Cup quest in city where NHL careers began

    San Jose Mercury News "The trip to Pittsburgh for the Stanley Cup final takes Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau full circle to the 1997 draft, which was held at Pittsburgh's old Civic Arena. Thornton was the No. 1 overall pick, taken by the Boston Bruins. Marleau went No. 2 overall to the Sharks. The top two picks..." May 28

  • Joe Thornton should watch hockey, not play with kids, says Mike Milbury

    Sporting News "Joe Thornton has waited a long time to get to the Stanley Cup Final; 19 seasons, to be exact. So maybe he's earned the right to prepare for it as he darn well pleases. When asked after the Sharks secured their trip to the Final with a 5-2 win against the Blues on Wednesday, Thornton had this..." May 27

  • Joe Thornton on preferred Stanley Cup Final opponent: 'I'll play 'em both'

    The Score "Joe Thornton and his beard are going to the Stanley Cup Final. Say it out loud. And "Jumbo Joe" couldn't care less which team comes out of the Eastern Conference. "I'll play 'em both, if they want to dress 40 guys," Thornton said." May 26

  • Joe Thornton: ‘I know I’m a great player’

    Sportsnet "Joe Thornton is one of the best players of his generation. He’s a great player. You know it. I know. And Joe Thornton knows it. One of the best possession players and slick passers in the NHL today, Thornton had another great game on Thursday night as the Sharks took a 2-1 series lead with a..." May 20

  • Why the Sharks' Joe Thornton deserves some MVP consideration

    CBS Sports "When the NHL awards are handed out in Las Vegas at the end of the season, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton is probably not going to take home the MVP award. OK, there is no “probably” about it. He is simply not going to win. And if past history is any indication, he probably will not..." March 19

  • Sharks' Thornton resumes place among NHL's best

    CSN Bay Area "Joe Thornton signed a contract extension with the Sharks a little more than two years ago, and what a two years it’s been. The veteran center was a part of one of the biggest playoff collapses in NHL history, when the Sharks blew a 3-0 first round lead to Los Angeles in 2014. He had the..." February 17

  • Joe Thornton records career point 1,300 with perfect pass

    The Score ""Jumbo Joe" reached a rather large milestone Tuesday night. Joe Thornton, the veteran San Jose Sharks center, recorded the 1,300th point of his career exactly how you'd expect: with a perfect feed." January 27

  • Thornton re-enters game vs Kings after head injury

    CSN Bay Area "Sharks center Joe Thornton suffered what looked to be a concerning head injury late in the first period against the Kings, but returned early in the second on Thursday night at SAP Center to finish the 4-1 loss. Thornton was hit by Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin in the corner with 2:01 remaining..." October 23

  • Sharks name Joe Pavelski captain and Joe Thornton, Logan Couture assistant captains

    San Jose Mercury News "Joe Pavelski was named the ninth full-time captain in Sharks franchise history Monday as coach Pete DeBoer put to rest who his leader will be for the upcoming season. Pavelski, in his 10th NHL season — all with the Sharks — is the first American-born captain in the franchise’s 25-year history...." October 05

  • Sharks' Joe Thornton takes shot at possibly-departing Todd McLellan

    CBS Sports "Not one to hold back when he has something to say, San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton didn't sound too pleased about recent comments Todd McLellan made regarding his future as head coach of the team. As the Sharks had their locker clean-out day Wednesday, Thornton had some pointed words for..." April 15

  • Friedman on Thornton-Sharks buyout speculation

    Nichols on Hockey "On what he sees as the first shoe dropping with the San Jose Sharks after the season: “I’ve been told that when – and I have no proof of it – but when the owner stepped in when everybody kind of blew up at each other there, the word I was given was that Joe Thornton was told he was not going..." April 07

  • Mike Milbury thinks Sharks should send Thornton to minors

    Next Impulse Sports "During the first intermission of Wednesday’s Rangers-Blackhawks game, the NHL on NBC crew discussed the drama that has surrounded the San Jose Sharks organization not only this season, but in the past handful of years. The most recent incident with the team came last week when veteran center Joe..." March 19

  • Sharks GM Doug Wilson, Joe Thornton moving on from recent spat

    CBS Sports "After a highly-public kerfuffle between San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson and forward Joe Thornton boiled over last week, it appears both parties are ready to move on. Wilson addressed where things are at with the once captain of the Sharks, while Thornton says he is done talking about..." March 17

  • Tensions rise in San Jose as Thornton says Wilson ‘needs to shut his mouth’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier today, we passed along what Sharks GM Doug Wilson told season-ticket holders about the organization’s decision to take away Joe Thornton‘s captaincy, explaining that the “pressure and stress” of wearing the “C” caused Thornton to lash out at people." March 14

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    David Pollak @PollakOnSharks

    Can confirm report by @KatieStrangESPN that #SJSharks have not asked Joe Thornton to waive his no-trade clause.

  • LeBrun: "Zero talk" of Sharks trading Marleau or Thornton

    Nichols on Hockey "“There’s been zero zero talk of Marleau and Thornton. "They had the one conversation last summer where those guys were about to start a three-year deal that had a full no-move and my understanding is Doug Wilson said to each, ‘Do you guys want to stay?’ “They said, ‘Yes.” “And that’s that." February 21

  • McLellan: Sharks are ‘better led’ without a captain, which somehow isn’t a knock on Thornton

    Pro Hockey Talk "You try and figure out the Sharks. On Wednesday, head coach Todd McLellan had an, ahem, interesting take on his club’s leadership-by-committee approach, saying it was in a better position this year than last, when Joe Thornton served as team captain. “The situation of removing the ‘C’ from..." February 18

  • Sharks' Thornton out at least two more games

    San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks will have to find a way out of their recent offensive malaise without Joe Thornton, who was placed on injured reserve Sunday and will miss at least the next two games. The Sharks have scored just six 5-on-5 goals in their last six games, including Saturday's 7-2 loss to the St. Louis..." January 05

  • 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' "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, 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 "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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    Pierre LeBrun @Real_ESPNLeBrun

    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