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Thornton’s agent: He only wants to play for Sharks

Jun 22, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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Even as the speculation surrounding Joe Thornton‘s future with the San Jose Sharks rapidly mounts, the 34-year-old forward seems all-but cemented in his desire to stay where he is. That’s vital to keep in mind, given that he has a no-movement clause.

Thornton’s agent and brother, John Thornton, called the Sharks the only team on Joe’s list, per TVA Sports.

John Thornton reiterated though that his brother might change his mind if it got to the point where he felt like the Sharks’ fanbase no longer wanted him.

The fact that Thornton would be resistant to a trade isn’t surprising after he gave the Sharks a bit of a hometown discount when he signed a three-year, $20.25 million contract. Now it looks like the Sharks are interested in moving him before his new contract even starts.

“It wasn’t like we were waiting for free agency or waiting for more money,” John Thornton said when Joe signed that deal, per CBC. “Joe loves playing there. He could never really see himself going someplace else.”


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  1. cotts1 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    That’s cute and everything, Joe but they don’t want you anymore so pick some other teams….

    • titansrbeast - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      Maybe YOU don’t want him, but as a Sharks fan myself whether or not Jumbo has not got in done in the past, I would be really bummed to see him go, and therefore I don’t want him to. Everyone has an opinion though. I love Jumbo, and I hope we get to see him back. Keep the head up Captain!

      • sw19womble - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM

        Thornton’s all well and good in the regular season, but in the playoffs – when all that tippy-tappy waiting behind the net stuff gets blown out of the water – he’s more of a liability than a flamethrowing zamboni.

        So fine, if you love being a great regular season team then great – let’s keep him – and we’ll just get the white flag ready for the playoffs, is all.

        If Jumbo’s ‘untradeable’ then I guess I’ll just look forward to trying to win the division, get a pennant, and get knocked out in the first round again.

  2. nolockoutpricks - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    the sharks did the same thing with setiguchi. signed him to a reduced rate and then shipped him the next chance they got. im sure players are gonna see that and remember that

    • sjsharks01 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:33 AM

      who’s setiguchi? lol

  3. esracerx46 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Wanting to stay is one thing. Being willing to be moved is another. The Thornton’s might have saved Doug Wilson’s ass with this.

  4. billiam55 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    wanna come to NY? Sather loves them old dudes.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Billiam please stop. No more oldies!! Lol

    • billiam55 - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      lol i knw. wouldnt be surprised though if slats has his eyes on thornton.

      • tomas3345 - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:47 PM

        Sather: we’ll give you stepan, brassard and our firsts for the next 10 years

  6. jpat2424 - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Keep it

  7. pantherpro - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    Jumbo we love you

  8. nightfireop - Jun 22, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    nice to know that joe thornton is going to stay, sharks are guaranteed 2 more years of great regular season performance followed by a playoff collapse.

  9. dbreslow56 - Jun 22, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Great regular season performer who completely disappears when it counts the most, the Real Season, the Playoffs! No heart!

  10. faulkingallstar - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:50 PM

    As a sharks fan I am also a big Thornton fan, but I am a sharks fan before a Thornton and sharks fans need to realize it is time for Thornton to go. Trading him is not supposed to make us a better team for next year, it’s for the years ahead and still trying to get something for Thornton while we can and make us a better team in the future. It’s time for Thornton to be accountable this year and that is the thing that makes me the most angry when it comes to jumbo, there’s never any accountability on his part. Every failure, choke, and collapse he just shruggs it off and says oh well there’s next year. I agree with the people who say that in hockey u win and lose as a team, but the sharks roster has changed for the last 10 yrs all rosters very capable of going all the way, the only two things that have stayed the same is Thornton and Marleau, it’s time for both to move on. You owe it to the fans instead getting their hopes up another 3 or 4 times only to break their hearts again.

    • spitfisher - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      It was a mistake to resign him last year….I said it last year, but hind site is 50/50.

      so Joe says he wants to stay…Part of me says well of course, he’ll have to take all the ribbing, the cheering and the booing, work hard each & every night and have15 microphones in his face every night that he will have to answer too, in a big city American or Canadian team. Probably not going to happen so……..

      My suggest now is have him put his money where his mouth is. If he really wants to stay in SJ, great! Restructure the contract for the same amount, but make it heavily weighted to post season play and incentives. Any money saved is reduced off the following years cap.

      Problem solved, it’s a win win, now about that conflict in Iraq……

    • skr213 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:17 AM

      Surprised you got so many down votes. I completely agree with what you said. Zen Joe’s trade value will never be higher then now. Do folks want to ride him into a zero value UFA or get some value now? It’s not like he’s ever going to hoist the Cup wearing a C. His leadership is lacking in the extreme and he doesn’t have the one thing that marks every champion – a hatred of losing.

      • faulkingallstar - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:48 PM

        As much as I’d love to see him raise the cup as a sharks I just don’t see it happening. I mean the guy has never made it close to a final let alone a cup in his prime, I don’t see him doing it in the downside of his career as a top guy on the sharks. I don’t understand why so many people don’t realize this and I think that sharks fans are WAY to forgiving, I mean your team is notorious for choking and many predicted them to go all the way this year and you blow 3-0 series lead, if that’s not enough to realize something has to change in SJ idk what is.

      • skr213 - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:04 PM

        Agreed on all points. People blame DW, but his job is to put talent on the ice, and we’ve got talent in spades. It’s up to the players to actually want it. I’ve just seen too many years in a row of Zen Joe not wanting it bad enough.

      • faulkingallstar - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:00 PM

        Ya, I don’t understand any of the blame on Wilson, I mean the only thing I really can fault him for over the years is not ever getting a real elite goalie, but other than that a team doesn’t make the playoffs 10 years straight with a poor gm. I remember at start of the playoffs everyone was raving about how deep and how this was the best sharks team ever iced. I didn’t hear any complains about him being a poor gm then. This probably was the best team the sharks have iced and guess who didn’t show up? Jumbo with his 3 pts and -6, Hertl 5pts, Nieto 5pts, heck James Sheppard our 3rd liner was +3 w 6pts and probably our most consistent player through the series. So this collapse is all on Joe. Don’t know if you guys also heard of some of the players coming to Wilson saying that they felt like co-workers, not teammates. That’s even more proof that SJ needs a culture change and that doesn’t happen with Joe on the team.

  11. gohawks7 - Jun 23, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Of course he does. Who wouldn’t? No real accountability…no pressure from the media or fans. He wants to play in the regular season….but not the playoffs. See ya Joe. I hope we aren’t here again in a year playing shoulda woulda coulda.

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