Sharks’ Joe Thornton Laments Not Being Moved Before NHL Trade Deadline


Feb 25, 2020

When Joe Thornton wasn’t dealt before Monday’s NHL trade deadline, some interpreted the inactivity as an indication the 40-year-old refused to waive his no-trade clause. Some went so far as to criticize Thornton for being unwilling to chase a Stanley Cup in what might be his final season.

Well, those people were wrong.

Thornton on Tuesday made it perfectly clear he would’ve welcomed a move before the deadline. In fact, the San Jose Sharks center seemed downright miffed over the situation.

Check out this tweet from The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz:

So, why wasn’t Thornton traded?

Here’s some context from The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun:

Considering his age, Thornton’s chances of hoisting the Stanley Cup are running out. And that’s unfortunate, as “Jumbo Joe” deserves better than being remembered as perhaps the greatest player without a Stanley Cup.

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