Joe Thornton confirmed his new contract tonight with a one-year, 8M$ deal in San Jose. The huge forward is getting older and some thought it would have been a great time for him to hang the skates. However, Jumbo Joe still has hockey at heart and he’s certainly not ready to call it quit just yet.
In reactions to his signature, some very interesting quote got out from him.
Thornton: "There was a lot of interest. I was kind of shocked."
— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) July 3, 2017
A lot of interest? Yep, as per Lebrun there was HUGE interest.
No else is shocked but Thornton is humble to the bone. 17 teams phoned. He was taken off guard. https://t.co/99RNISXh74
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 3, 2017
17 teams! Now that’s quite a lot. Of course, the day was not perfect at 100%, since his long time friend Patrick Marleau left the Sharks for the Leafs today.