Longtime Sharks star Joe Thornton to pursue Stanley Cup with Maple Leafs


Longtime Sharks star Joe Thornton to pursue Stanley Cup with Maple LeafsLongtime Sharks star Joe Thornton to pursue Stanley Cup with Maple Leafs

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The one thing missing in Joe Thornton‘s star-studded career is a Stanley Cup.” data-reactid=”13″>The one thing missing in Joe Thornton‘s star-studded career is a Stanley Cup.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Thornton, 41, will pursue that trophy with the Toronto Maple Leafs, signing a one-year deal Friday at the NHL minimum salary of $700,000 after spending 15 years with the San Jose Sharks.” data-reactid=”14″>Thornton, 41, will pursue that trophy with the Toronto Maple Leafs, signing a one-year deal Friday at the NHL minimum salary of $700,000 after spending 15 years with the San Jose Sharks.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The closest he came to a championship was in 2016, when the Sharks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final. But the Sharks had the bottom drop out last season after reaching the conference final in 2018-19.” data-reactid=”15″>The closest he came to a championship was in 2016, when the Sharks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final. But the Sharks had the bottom drop out last season after reaching the conference final in 2018-19.

Thornton, a native of Ontario and former league MVP, is the NHL’s leading active scorer, ranking 14th all-time with 1,509 points. But with 31 points last season, the playmaker will have a depth role in Toronto.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The Maple Leafs, who haven't won a Stanley Cup since 1967, have been busy this offseason, adding defensemen T.J. Brodie and Zach Bogosian and forwards Jimmy Vesey and&nbsp;Wayne Simmonds.” data-reactid=”22″>The Maple Leafs, who haven’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967, have been busy this offseason, adding defensemen T.J. Brodie and Zach Bogosian and forwards Jimmy Vesey and Wayne Simmonds.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Sharks star Brent Burns tweeted that the Maple Leafs have "a great one coming" to their team.” data-reactid=”23″>Sharks star Brent Burns tweeted that the Maple Leafs have “a great one coming” to their team.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Toronto will now have three former No. 1 picks in the lineup with Auston Matthews (2016), John Tavares (2009) and Thornton (1997).” data-reactid=”25″>Toronto will now have three former No. 1 picks in the lineup with Auston Matthews (2016), John Tavares (2009) and Thornton (1997).

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Thornton, who was drafted by the Boston Bruins and traded to Sharks in 2005-06, is entering his 23rd season.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”26″>Thornton, who was drafted by the Boston Bruins and traded to Sharks in 2005-06, is entering his 23rd season. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Joe Thornton joins Toronto Maple Leafs in bid to win first Stanley Cup” data-reactid=”27″>This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Joe Thornton joins Toronto Maple Leafs in bid to win first Stanley Cup

Source: Yahoo Sports

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