Fresh off series loss against the eventual Stanley Cup winners St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks veteran forward Joe Thornton was not talking about his future yet.
Fans and pundits have been wondering if Thornton will lace up the skates in the NHL again, and in Vegas on Tuesday, the veteran forward made some stunning comments about his future that will surely get people cheering across the league.
According to NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman, Thornton says he feels great and will return for the 2019-20 season. He also says he isn’t thinking about just one more season, but even more as long as he feels good.
Wow! More than one season? Thornton will turn 40 on July 2nd, a day after the opening of free-agency market.
We all know that Thornton is set on staying in San Jose, which now brings an interesting equation to their cap space.
On Monday, Erik Karlsson signed an eight-year deal to remain with the Sharks; multiple reports on Monday said it’s worth about $11.5 million per year. However, they have additional decisions to make this offseason, with Thornton and captain Joe Pavelski both eligible to become free agents.
An $11.5-million cap hit for EK leaves the Sharks roughly $12 million to spend this summer. It also leaves them with heartbreaking choices.
Thornton took a pay cut last season and he may be willing to again, but how low is he willing to go?
But for now, he wants to play. For as long as he can.