Jumbo Joe signs with TO

Toronto Maple Leafs sign Joe Thornton, 41, for 23rd season

Joe Thornton left a lasting impact on the ice in the Bay Area, ranking second on the Sharks' all-time points list after 15 seasons in San Jose.

"Such a respectful person", Couture told Kevin Kurz of The Athletic after Thornton agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Maple Leafs. Thornton is now in Switzerland playing for HC Davos, but is expected to return in time for the NHL's training camp. Since entering the league in 1997-98, after being drafted first overall by Boston in 1997, he amassed 1,509 points in 1,636 games with the Sharks and Bruins - most among active players.

A native of London, Ontario, Thornton has been one of the most dominant offensive players of the past two decades in the National Hockey League.

He has recorded 1,509 points (420 goals, 1089 assists) in his career while adding 133 points (31 goals, 102 assists) in 179 playoff games.

He was named captain of the Bruins before the 2002-03 season, but the struggling Bruins dealt Thornton to San Jose part way through the 2005-06 campaign.

Thornton's leadership would have been helpful for a young Sharks team trying to bounce back from a dismal 2019-20 season, but Toronto potentially will be a stronger contender for a Stanley Cup, which the 41-year-old likely covets before he hangs up his skates.



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