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Report: Stars interested in Joe Thornton

Jun 27, 2014, 11:32 PM EDT

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As the hockey world awaits to see if Joe Thornton will indeed remain with the San Jose Sharks, it appears another team has entered into the possible sweepstakes when it comes to the towering center’s services.

From CSN Bay Area:

Add the Dallas Stars to the list of teams that would be interested in Sharks captain Joe Thornton, should be become available.

According to an NHL source, Dallas has approached San Jose about acquiring the 34-year-old center. The Stars could use help at the position behind budding superstar Tyler Seguin, while (GM Doug Wilson) has clearly indicated he will be turning his team over to the younger core players on the ice and in the dressing room.

The interest from Dallas is meaningless, of course, if Thornton does not want to waive his no-trade clause. His agent and brother, John Thornton, indicated again on Friday that his client would like to remain in San Jose.

Trade speculation has followed the Sharks and Thornton since San Jose’s first-round playoff failure to the L.A. Kings this spring.

The Toronto Maple Leafs were also reportedly interested in the 34-year-old Thornton, who has a no-movement clause, as were about half a dozen other clubs at the time.

However there is a case in which he would consider moving his no-movement clause, 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,” said John Thornton earlier this month to the San Jose Mercury News.

  1. sjsharks66 - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    What could the Stars possibly use to interest Doug Wilson in a possible trade?

    • gbatap - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:58 AM

      Wilson wants to get younger and Dallas has a glut of prospects.

    • blomfeld - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:20 AM


      In maritime law, flotsam, jetsam, lagan and thornton are specific kinds of shipwreck. The words have specific nautical meanings, with legal consequences in the law of admiralty and marine salvage:

      – Flotsam is floating wreckage of a ship or its cargo.

      – Jetsam is part of a ship, its equipment, or its cargo that is purposely cast overboard or jettisoned to lighten the load in time of distress and that sinks or is washed ashore.

      – Lagan (also called ligan) is cargo that is lying on the bottom of the ocean,

      – Thornton is sometimes marked by a buoy, which can be reclaimed. Thornton is cargo that is also on the bottom of the ocean, but which no one has any hope of reclaiming (in other maritime contexts, Thornton may also refer to a drifting abandoned ship).

      source: Lloyd’s of London LLC

  2. gbatap - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:03 AM

    Would be a good move for the Stars. They need a 2C and really only for a couple of seasons with a few guys in the system that can fill the role in the near future. Thornton and nichushkin is a great start for a second line.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:30 AM

      No way thornton goes there to be second center,

  3. sjsharks66 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:21 AM

    Do they? I actually don’t follow the Stars to much. Not sure of what prospects they have.

  4. 950003cups - Jun 28, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    Stars need to take a step back. They took Jagr and had to trade him. Just stop with that stuff.

    • kane987245 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:36 AM

      Jagr produced for them for the half season he was there, traded him, and got a 1st Round pick out of him. If anything they can only improve with Thornton.

      • gbatap - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        What ended up being a very good pick with that first rounder.

  5. 49faithful - Jun 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    No one is going anywhere this offseason.

  6. darksidecowboy - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    Will Jim NIll practically drafting every defenseman in this years draft (5 picks were dmen) it’s very possible he’d swing a trade with SJ using some of the Stars defenseman prospects or even starters like Goligoski or Dillon. I think if the Stars can’t get Stastny, they’ll up the ante for Big Joe. He’d be a beast with Nichushkin and Chaisson, plus with Benn being the alpha male captain he can relax a tad and have fun beating his old team, GO STARS!!!

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