Monday, July 02, 2018

Joe Thornton Will Return

There were a lot of questions hanging around Joe Thornton and his future in the NHL. He couldn't finish the 2018 season after suffering another major knee injury, costing nearly half of the regular season and the playoffs. It was his second straight season suffering a major knee injury and some might think that would have been enough to call it a career.

No, the 39-year old is working his way back to health and has confirmed that he will return to the San Jose Sharks, signing a 1-year, $5 million deal and you can add his name back on the roster for another season.  The Sharks could really use his help this season, especially after losing out on the John Tavares sweepstakes on Sunday, the depth down the middle will be important for San Jose in 2019.

In 47 games played, Thornton still registered 13 goals and 36 points, good enough to still be 168th among all forwards in scoring.  If he was able to play the whole season, he would have been a top 50 player, undoubtedly.  The Sharks are certainly hoping that he can return to that sort of form again, trying to be the play maker on the power play and help mentor the kids.

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