Joe Thornton Re-signs

Sharks Website Reports San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Center Joe Thornton to a three-year contract extension, which will keep the 2006 Hart Trophy winner in San Jose through the 2011 season. Joe Thornton is among the top group of elite players in the National Hockey League,” said Wilson. “In addition to his play on the ice, Joe leads by example and has as much love for the game as anyone I have seen. Making sure Joe remained in San Jose was a top priority and he will be an integral part of our franchise as we march towards our goal of competing for the Stanley Cup next year and for years to come.” Thornton has been among the most dominant players in the NHL over the last two seasons since being acquired by San Jose on Nov. 30, 2005. During that span, his 239 points (51 goals, 188 assists) lead all NHL scorers. In addition, Thornton is the leading scorer in the NHL since the beginning of 2002-03 season with 413 points (110 goals, 303 assists. Furthermore, Thornton leads all NHL players who were 27 or younger entering last season in career scoring with 660 points (211 goals, 449 assists) in 672 games, averaging .98 points per game. On April 5, Thornton became just the third player in NHL history to record back-to-back 90 assist seasons, along with Wayne Gretzky (12 times, 1980-81 through 1991-92) and Mario Lemieux (1987-88 and 1988-89). He has also set new Sharks franchise records for points and assists in a single season. Thornton led the Sharks in scoring the past two seasons, posting 92 points (20 goals, 72 assists) with San Jose in just 58 games in 2005-06 (in 81 games with San Jose and Boston, he had an NHL-leading 125 points, earning the Art Ross Trophy) and 114 points (22 goals, 92 assists) in 2006-07. Since being acquired by San Jose on Nov. 30, 2005, Thornton has posted 206 points (42 goals, 164 assists) in only 140 games (1.47 points per game). four-time NHL All-Star (2002-2005, 2007), has also represented Team Canada on the 2006 Olympic Team, World Championships (2001, 2005) and World Cup of Hockey (2004). He was named a First-Team NHL All-Star in 2006 and Second-Team NHL All-Star in 2003 Thornton was acquired by San Jose on Nov. 30, 2005 from Boston in exchange for LW Marco Sturm, D Brad Stuart and RW Wayne Primeau.

11 Responses to Joe Thornton Re-signs

  1. MACH9ER says:

    people really need to stop putting resigns, this one really had me going lmao

  2. Neely4Life says:

    This is the best signing of the day/summer/year.  Lock the best playmaker in the league up for 3 more years, at 7.2 year, GREAT deal my Wilson.  Wilson could be the best GM in the league.

    Thornton could have got 9 mil plus on the open market next year, and chose to stay in San Jose for a lot less money.  This team could be dangerous/best team in the league with one more solid forward.

  3. flyersdan says:

    This could be a great deal for the whole league.  I think it should put a ceiling on the deals for Drury, Briere, Gomez, and Smyth with the floor being $6million.  Some GM is bound to screw it up though.  No one can honestly argue that any of the four are worth more than Thorton.

  4. Lint07 says:

    no-brainer… AND a bargain price.

    Would you take Thornton or Gomez?

    yeah, and Gomez asks for 8M$ a year. Unbelievable.

  5. Nemix says:

    Great player in ottawa, and letting him go for nothing really messed up 1st line centre and 2nd for a bit. Useful signing , could be a sleeper hit for thrashers. I see many players like this signed.. while big ones sit. 

    What happened to tsn coverage free agent frenzy? Thought be all day thing.. I dont want to watch nascar! What gives?

  6. Nemix says:

    this was meant for the todd white deal , my apologies

  7. Nemix says:

    sorry meant for todd white…

  8. mcpickl says:

    cant compare a guy who can only negotiate with one team to guys who can negotiate with every team. its apples and screwdrivers

  9. Neely4Life says:

    you should be sorry!

  10. kabby-4-kaptian says:

    I think thorton should have laid off till next season he could have got close to tha leauge max if he had waited till next summer, and he could have came back to canada, HIS TRUE HOMELAND…..CANADIAN PLAYERS RULE THE LEAGUE, WITHOUT THEM THERE WOULDN"T BE AN NHL.

  11. Neely4Life says:

    there is a reason guys dont come back to play in Canada. 

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