THORNTON AND MARLEAU AREN’T THINKING ABOUT TRADES
- Curtis Pashelka from The Mercury News reports San Jose Sharks veterans Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau haven’t given any thought about accepting a trade to a Stanley Cup contender.
“I need to think about that,” said Thornton. “Obviously this homestand is going to be important for our team. But I haven’t thought about it at all. I’m just trying to win games here and see how it goes. I’m still optimistic we can take a run at it. I really am. We’ll have to see how these next couple of weeks play out and go from there.”
- Marleau echoed Thornton’s comments.
“Not even thinking about that right now,” he said, adding his focus is trying to help the Sharks reach the playoffs.
- Joe Haggerty from NBC Boston observed Thornton didn’t issue a flat denial about accepting a trade as he’d done in the past.
- He wondered if it were possible for the 40-year-old center to return to the Boston Bruins via trade.
- Thornton began his NHL career with the Bruins from 1997-98 until November 30, 2005, when he was shipped to the Sharks.
- Haggerty feels there are better, younger options to help the Bruins at the trade deadline.
- With Thornton and Marleau in the twilight of their long careers, some observers feel the Sharks owe it to the duo to peddle them to a club where they’ll have one last shot at winning the Stanley Cup.
- Given their ages and declining production, however, there might not be much of a market for either guy at this stage in their respective careers.
- Thornton and Marleau might not want to leave San Jose.
- Marleau tried it with the Toronto Maple Leafs and it didn’t work out.
- Thornton carries a full no-movement clause and has given no indication he wants to move on.
- Anything’s possible, of course, but do they really want to leave San Jose? We doubt that.
Sources & Credits: Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, Joe Haggerty, NBC Boston, Spectors Hockey