Joe Thornton Plans to Play Another Season With San Jose Sharks

Joe Thornton Plans to Play Another Season With San Jose Sharks

Joe Thornton Plans to Play Another Season With San Jose Sharks

"I got nothing else going on, so we'll see", Thornton (seemingly) joked when asked if he plans on returning.

The San Jose Sharks legend confirmed at the NHL Awards media availability on Tuesday that he plans to return for the 2019-2020 season, officially putting his retirement party on hold for the foreseeable future.

Now healthy in 2019, Thornton believes he could still play another five years.

"He can have all the time he needs to make whatever decision's right for him", Sharks GM Doug Wilson said of Thornton back in May. He was strong for the Sharks during their postseason run, racking up 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 19 games before San Jose was eliminated in the Western Conference Final.

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"We'll talk. We'll sit down", Thornton said.

Thornton spent each off the past two offseasons working his way back from knee injuries.

Video: What's next for Thornton and Pavelski? Last season, Thornton played more of a depth role but was still a big piece, picking up 16 goals and 51 points while averaging 15:33 of TOI per game. The victor will be announced during the show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center sports and entertainment complex. He ranks eighth in National Hockey League history with 1,065 assists and 14th with 1,478 points (413 goals) in 1,566 games but has yet to win a Stanley Cup.

This guy just has no quit in him. "So, it was unfortunate, but it's a new year now". Karlsson could have become an unrestricted free agent July 1. He's sixth in franchise history in games played by a defenseman, paired with Marc-Edouard Vlasic for majority, as they often formed one of the best shutdown pairs in the National Hockey League.

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