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Thornton’s agent (his brother) sees him staying in San Jose

Oct 3, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

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It doesn’t sound like San Jose forward Joe Thornton is dying to test free agency next summer. According to his agent and brother, John, the 34-year-old star center is likely to end up remaining in a Sharks uniform beyond the 2013-14 season.

“I still think Joe is a franchise player but he’s not going to go for those big numbers,” John told ESPN’s Craig Custance yesterday. “On an open market, he would get large offers. I don’t think that’s what he’s looking for. I still see him being in San Jose after this year.”

Thornton is one of three big-name Sharks who can become a UFA next summer, the other two being Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle.

San Jose has already locked up young centers Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski to multi-year deals, leading many to wonder where the club sees Thornton fitting into its future plans.

Thornton’s cap hit for this season is $7 million, with a salary of $6 million. Term, as well as the level of discount he’s willing to accept, should be the main deciding factors in whether he re-signs.

Related: Futures unclear for Thornton, Marleau, and Boyle

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    I can’t imagine him in any other uniform

  2. sjtorpitt - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    I’d be happy with a 3yr/12 deal for Boyle, and a 4-5yr/20 for Patty and Jumbo.

  3. btlpper68 - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Hopefully but idk about patty

  4. bauxjangles - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Did his agent mention that he’ll also never win a Cup as long as he’s in San Jose?

  5. imleftcoast - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    I see him finishing with Iginla in Boston. All the Bruins needed with 17 seconds of backchecking to win it all.

    • 19to77 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Yeah, no offense, but I don’t see either Thornton or the Bruins wanting one another back.

  6. sjsharks66 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    Why is that? Why would the Sharks not win the cup within the next 3-4 years?

    • comeonnowguys - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Why haven’t they won it yet?

      • borderline1988 - Oct 3, 2013 at 3:26 PM

        It’s still possible. The Dallas Mavericks finished at the top of their conference for basically a decade without having it translate into postseason success. Until it did.

    • bauxjangles - Oct 3, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      It’s not exactly like the sharks are getting better. Their best years are behind them.

  7. mpops86 - Oct 3, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    imagine him returning to Boston? They’ll have the cap space…

  8. agentdw - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    ummm….@leftcoast….Boston was 17 seconds of backchecking away from OVERTIME…and even had they won, they wouldve forced gm7, NOT won it all. Jack@$$

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