Maple Leafs Sign Joe Thornton

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

While it's unclear how much 41-year-old Joe Thornton can help Toronto in its quest to get past the first round of the playoffs and beyond, it was certainly bound to be a popular signing among the players and around Leafs Nation on Friday night.

Thornton, 41, is now skating with HC Davos in the Swiss National League in preparation of the 2020-21 NHL season.

According to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, Thornton's contract with the Leafs is for $700,000 and includes a no-movement clause. Thornton has played with Davos on two previous occasions, during National Hockey League lockouts in 2004-05 and 2012-13. He ranks 14th on the NHL's all-time points list and has won numerous times with Team Canada on the worldwide stage, but he's still missing a Stanley Cup from his resume.

He had 31 points in 70 games for the Sharks last season, skating a career low 15:30 per game on average.

Thornton, a six-time all star and the victor of the Hart Memorial Trophy as league MVP in 2006, is a veteran of 1,636 career NHL regular-season games between the Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks.

Thornton had 33 points in 23 games at the time of the trade, and continued his torrid scoring pace with the Sharks.

Now, he'll have a chance to chase his first Stanley Cup with his hometown team.

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