The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced a one-year deal with veteran Joe Thornton. He will receive a salary of $ 700,000 in the next season.
The 41-year-old forward nicknamed “Jumbo Joe” has been linked with the Maple Leafs for a few years now. Hailing from St. Thomas about a 2-hour drive from Queen City, Thornton came close to getting along with the Leafs in 2017 and his name has been rumored every year since then.
The first pick in the 1997 draft draft spent more than 7 years in the Boston Bruins’ uniform before being traded to the San Jose Sharks where he played for the last 15 seasons. In 1636 in his career, Thornton collected 1509 points. He is considered one of the best passer in the NHL and has over 1,000 assists on his record.
Thornton won the Hart and Art Ross Trophies in 2006, won gold at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010 in addition to the World Championships in 2004 and 2016. He is still winning the Stanley Cup and he even asked to the Sharks to trade him last year to give him the chance to get his hands on the precious trophy. Unfortunately for him his employers had not compromised. As a free agent now, he took his destiny in hand.
Switzerland in the meantime
News of his signing with Toronto comes less than 48 hours after he struck up with Davos’ side in the Swiss National League. Thornton will play in Switzerland, where he resides in the offseason, he who is married to a Swiss and also has a passport from that country, and will be back in North America for the start of the Leafs’ training camp.