Forward Joe Thornton has chosen to continue his successful career with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On Friday, the Queen City club announced they had reached an agreement with the 41-year-old veteran. “Jumbo Joe” was awarded a one-year contract worth $ 700,000, the minimum allowed by the National Hockey League (NHL) collective agreement.
Thornton was an unrestricted free agent, playing for the San Jose Sharks since November 2005.
The center has just had his worst season statistically. In 70 games, he had seven goals and 24 assists for 31 points.
In his career, the man who also wore the Boston Bruins colors has hit the target 420 times and provided 1089 assists for 1509 points in 1636 games.
Thornton was the first-ever pick in the 1997 draft and never won the Stanley Cup.
With this acquisition, the Leafs are left with a lot of options in the middle, them who already relied on Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Alexander Kerfoot and Jason Spezza. According to the capfriendly.com website, Toronto now exceeds the salary cap of $ 200,000.