There must be a sense in San Jose that Joe Thornton is willing to consider a trade. Up until now, it’s always sort of been one of those things where Thornton probably wouldn’t ever leave the Sharks but recently he said he needed to take a little time and think about his future, hoping the Sharks could still squeak in.
As the Sharks likely become sellers this season, Thornton may have to look sooner than later at his future if he’s open to playing on a contender since the trade deadline is now officially two weeks away.
Monday, TSN’s Frank Servalli added him to his 40-player trade board and wrote Thornton is now “one of 13 intriguing new names added to the TSN Trade Bait board on Monday, including teammates Patrick Marleau and Barclay Goodrow.”
Seravalli admitted that this is still completely Thornton’s call and certainly isn’t a given to be moved, even called it “unlikely that GM Doug Wilson would go to Thornton asking him to consider a certain trade scenario.” Still Thornton may decide to let the Sharks GM know he can explore some options.
Seravalli adds, so far, Thornton has not told him GM not to look into dealing. him. That he’s left it open is giving people the idea that he’ll consider a move in the right situation. Some have said he’s “feeling conflicted with two weeks to go until TradeCentre.”
It probably didn’t help that the best players he can pass the puck to are getting hurt in San Jose, all but guaranteeing the organization will be on the outside looking in.
If Thornton does agree to a trade, it’s safe to assume there are probably only a couple of scenarios that would work and what the return would be in unclear. He’d make for a good third-line center on a team.
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