Come on, now. If this was 2005, I’d be jizzing my Leaf jammies.
— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) October 13, 2020
I love Joe Thornton and his war of attrition against the Stanley Cup. He’s one of the best players.personalites to never win a cup despite 20 cracks at it and as much as I’d love the story of Jumbo in a Leaf uni, he’s 73 years old (41).
Source: According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there is mutual interest between the Toronto Maple Leafs and free-agent, Joe Thornton.
Thornton, the longtime San Jose Shark, is currently over in Switzerland preparing for the NHL season and is reportedly interested in signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs or Pittsburgh Penguins.For the Leafs, they have been busy lately with multiple trades and signings and could use Thornton to round off their forward group. The move would give Thornton a chance to play some power-play time on their second unit.
Even at 41, Thornton still has some of the best vision in the NHL and is an elite passer of the puck.
The Leafs don’t have a ton of cap space and still have restricted free-agents to sign, so expect any deal to be hovering around $1 million for one year.
If Joe signs in Toronto it’ll be legendary. A southern Ontario kid comes home 22 years after leaving for a SLIM shot at a cup playing on a line with Spezza (38) and Simmonds (32) who combined are 111 years old with over 50 years of NHL experience, is a story.
I don’t care if they win the cup this year as long as the Leafs keep signing (oldish) guys from Ontario. It’ll drive every analytics weirdo and Leaf Psycho INSANE and might prolong the Leafs Championship drought and that’s really what we’re all here for, right?
And if they do win a cup with these geriatric beauties, we’ll all apologize to Kyle and Brendan and congratulate them on the vision it took to build a winner.
That will be a wonderful day.