Forward Joe Thornton and the Toronto Maple Leafs are said to have a mutual interest.
This is what the sports site The Athletic said on Tuesday.
The free agent and the Canadian squad have only had preliminary contacts for the moment.
It also appears that several Leafs players have contacted Thornton to sell him the idea.
At 41, the center has just had his worst season in statistics. In 70 games, he had seven goals and 24 assists for 31 points.
This isn’t the first time the Maple Leafs have tried to lure Thornton. Also according to The Athletic, the formation of the Queen City would have made him an offer in July 2017, but the Ontarian had instead chosen to stay with the San Jose Sharks.
Thornton has been playing in California since the “Sharks” acquired from the Boston Bruins in November 2005.
Currently, the Leafs have just over $ 400,000 available on their payroll. So they should make some space there if they want to get Thornton.
In 2019-20, the first-ever pick in the 1997 draft commanded a salary of $ 2 million.