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Thornton picked up two assists for the second straight game in Thursday's shootout loss to the Islanders.

Since a scoreless opener, Thorny's piled up five helpers in three games. It's quite reasonable to expect the typical 60-plus helpers from him again this year.

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Thornton picked up a pair of assists and two PIM while going plus-2 in Tuesday's shootout win over the Capitals.

Coming off a season in which he took just 122 shots in 82 games -- the worst full-season total of his career -- Thornton's put just four pucks on net in three games so far. But his playmaking is still as sharp as ever despite the Sharks' coaching and management both snubbing him recently.

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Thornton took issue Friday with general manager Doug Wilson's offseason comments about the Sharks rebuilding and becoming a "tomorrow team," reports the San Jose Mercury News. "That's Doug's opinion," said the big center. "I think if you'd ask anybody in here I don't think they have the same feeling."

There have been plenty of rumors about Wilson doing all he can to push Jumbo Joe into a place where the center either demands a trade or the situation becomes ripe to ship him out of town. There seems to be a bit of a ripple starting in San Jose -- we'll see how far it goes.

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The Sharks officially announce Wednesday that Thornton would not be the team captain entering training camp, the Mercury News reports.

Coach Todd McLellan said that he doesn't consider it to be stripping Thornton of anything, since he'll be given the opportunity to earn the "C" back. The team has talked frequently this offseason of passing the torch to the next generation and that's what this appears to be. Thornton was not only rumored to be losing his "C," but was involved in trade rumors as well. However, he has a no trade clause and doesn't seem interested in leaving San Jose.

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The San Jose Sharks tend to draw a considerably larger amount of penalties than they take.

During the 2013-14 season, they drew 72 more than they took (291 vs. 219). Since the 2011-12 campaign, they're +139. No one else cracked the +90 mark, as Carolina came in second with +86.

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Joe Thornton's brother/agent apparently said that the San Jose Sharks are the only team on the forward's "list."

This comes on the heels of repeated comments from the Sharks about "rebuilding" and being open-minded about a swap. It doesn't sound like Thornton is interested in waiving his no-movement clause, although never say never.

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The Detroit Red Wings are reportedly interested in acquiring Joe Thornton.

Thornton would reportedly like to stay in San Jose and he can make that happen given his no-movement clause. Keep in mind he also likely accepted less than market value when he inked his three-year, $20.25 million contract in order to make things easier on the Sharks. At the same time, the Sharks are in a rebuilding phase and they might be able to convince Thornton to move to a contender to continue his pursuit of the Stanley Cup.

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Joe Thornton's agent and brother, John Thornton, said that his client might reconsider waiving his no-movement clause.

That being said, John specified that he would do it "if he felt the fans didn't want him in San Jose." The Toronto Maple Leafs are believed to be one of at least six teams interested in Joe Thornton's services.

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The Toronto Sun is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of at least six teams interested in acquiring Joe Thornton from the Sharks.

The Sun does not speculate as to who the other teams are but say the Maple Leafs have been kicking the tires on the 35-year-old center. Thornton is still a tremendous play maker and has three years remaining with a $6.75 million cap hit. He also has a no-trade contract but grew up a couple of hours from Toronto so that could be a factor.

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There have been indicators this off-season that the Sharks may take the "C" away from Joe Thornton.

GM Doug Wilson and head coach Todd McLellan have talked about turning the team over to their younger players. Additionally, Wilson said last week on Yahoo Sports Talk Live that there will be "different players in core leadership roles." Dan Boyle wore an "A" on his sweater and he won't be back with the team next year. San Jose has also done this before when they stripped Patrick Marleau of the team's captaincy before the 2009-10 season. Thornton has a no-trade clause and he may not want to leave the team even if his "C" is taken, but it could still be an odd situation to play through.