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Thornton may waive NMC if ‘fans didn’t want him’ in San Jose

Jun 10, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

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From the San Jose Mercury News:

Here’s the latest word from the Joe Thornton camp:

One thing might get the Sharks captain to reconsider his stated intent to remain in San Jose despite suggestions from management that it may be time to move on, according to his brother and agent, John Thornton.

“If he felt the fans didn’t want him in San Jose, he might re-think things,” John Thornton said when asked if his brother would want to play where it was apparent he was not wanted.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the teams reportedly interested in acquiring Thornton, but clearly his first choice is to stay in San Jose, where the 34-year-old is signed through 2016-17 for a cap hit of $6.75 million — a contract (with a no-movement clause) that general manager Doug Wilson said at the time is was signed “fit with our team building philosophy.” Translation: Thornton took a hometown discount to get it done.

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