Jumbo Joe ain’t hanging them up just yet, as the Sharks announced Friday that Thornton will be returning to the organization for at least one more season.
The 40-year-old re-upped with San Jose on a one-year, $2-million deal, according to Kevin Kurz of The Athletic.
In 21 NHL seasons, one of the best pure playmakers ever has skated in more than 1,500 regular season games with the Sharks and Bruins while tallying 1,065 helpers and nearly 1,500 points.
Thornton currently sits eighth on the NHL’s all-time assists list, with a legitimate shot this season to catch Adam Oates, who sits just 14 helpers ahead.
At the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas this past June, Thornton said, tongue and cheek, that he would “probably play another 10 years. We’ll wait and see, but I’m thinking 5 to 10 right now. I got nothing else going on.”
Give me 50-year-old, 2028-29 Joe Thornton or give me death.
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