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Thornton’s agent doubts high cap projections will impact contract talks

Dec 13, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 3: Joe Thornton #19 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 3, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Sharks defeated the Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The NHL salary cap is projected to exceed $71 million in 2014-15, which is a bigger jump than previously expected and great news for players with expiring contracts.

Joe Thornton is a prime example of that, but he might not take advantage of the situation.

“I don’t think it impacts us,” Joe’s agent and brother, John Thornton said, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

John predicted that people aren’t likely to be surprised by the type of deal his brother ends up signing. In the 34-year-old forward’s case, that likely means a three-year deal in the range of his current annual $7 million cap hit.

Aside from the shortened campaign, Thornton hasn’t recorded less than 70 points since he was limited to 66 contests in 2001-02. He’s off to another strong start this season with five goals and 34 points in 32 games.

Still, a higher salary cap will help the Sharks forward in another way. As John Thornton pointed out, it will make it easier for Sharks GM Doug Wilson to also re-sign forward Patrick Marleau and defenseman Dan Boyle.

“From our standpoint, I think Doug is trying to get all three done so it’s just a different circumstance,” the agent suggested.

If that’s the case, then the process is still in the preliminary stages. Marleau hasn’t had representation since his longtime agent Don Baizley passed away over the summer. Boyle has been in talks with the Sharks, but there’s no “real number” on the table, according to his agent.

  1. sanjosecupcrazy - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    Hope they can keep the band together.

  2. spitfisher - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM

    Trade him while he is worth something, you sign him for another 3 or 4 years he’ll be worth very little.

    Besides the sharks have not even sniffed the cup with him on board, what are you waiting for, get a couple of first rounders and build for the future

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:51 PM

      Have you ever watched the Sharks play before? Or even hockey I’m general

      • spitfisher - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:17 AM

        I watch a lot of hockey, if regular season assists and games are your goal, keep him in SJ, but if putting a team together such as the Red Wings, Bruins for a competitive sustaining run is your goal, than heed my advice.
        I know you are likely sitting there saying I am nuts, I am sitting here saying why pay a 34 year old player 7,8,possibly 9 mill per year especially in the era of the cap. Get a first round draft pick or 2 and sign someone for 4-5 mill and bolster your 2 or 3rd line.

        Good luck

  3. sjsharks66 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Hope they can sign all 3 of those players. Especially Thornton!

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      Thornton is my favourite player, can’t imagine him in another uniform. He actually nearly got traded to Florida when he was in Boston. SJ stole him big time

  4. btlpper68 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    Hope they can keep the big 3
    1. Thornton 2. Marleau 3. Boyle if I’m Doug Thornton is getting an open check book

  5. ethanmacleod1685 - Dec 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Future HHOF player

  6. pa9erfan - Dec 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    2conf.final appearances and the 2nd longest active playoff streak is alot more than a sniff at the cup… the article sez 7mil is likely and a veteran with his scoring history is well worth that contract.. if the sharks traded him, the next article you’d be reading would be how the sharks are on the lookout for a veteran guy with playoff experience…. no-brainer to resign all three of these guys..

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