On Sunday, Kevin cited an article from the Boston Globe that claimed that San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton could be a potential target for the New York Rangers. Now with Rick Nash in fold, it was speculated, Thornton, who had played with Nash previously in Europe during the lockout, could be someone that Glen Sather went after next.
Now, San Jose beat writer David Pollack concedes that we can “never say never” to a trade involving Thornton, but also says we need a “reality check” on the situation. From the article:
“While [Sharks GM] Doug Wilson has a stock line of being open to whatever will improve his team, it’s not likely that the Rangers are going to offer Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan and Marc Staal to pry away the Sharks captain. Sure, that’s an overstatement, but you get the point.“
Pollack then cites Thornton’s No-Trade Clause. There are no indications either way whether Thornton would be willing to waive his No-Trade Clause to move to the Rangers (or anywhere). But until we hear otherwise we have to assume it is a roadblock in Thornton going anywhere.
The Sharks were not an elite team in the Western Conference like they once were and Thornton himself has slowed down slightly. But the Sharks are still a team who could do some damage in the playoffs and Thornton is still a very good player. To reiterate Pollack’s point, the Sharks are not going to give us arguably their best forward without getting one of our key guys back. At least, not right now. The 33 year old Thornton is not getting any younger and only has two years left on his contract. And with Marleau, Boyle, Havlat, and Murray all in their 30’s it’s do or die time for the Sharks. Should the Sharks be falling out of the playoff picture next February then maybe Thornton to the Rangers is a discussion worth having. But as Pollack puts it, right now this is not even a rumor but more of a situation that “could happen. Or – far more likely – not”
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