Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Thornton (shoulder) went minus-3 and attempted one shot across 17:40 of ice time in Saturday's loss to the Rangers.

A fixture in the press box the last four games due to the shoulder injury, Thornton didn't exactly lift the Sharks' attack upon returning Saturday. It may take him a couple games to settle in, but the team would obviously rather have a player of Thornton's caliber in their lineup -- even if he remains a bit rusty.

Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Thornton (shoulder) will be activated from injured reserve and confirmed he would play Saturday against the Rangers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

The veteran's left shoulder presented no issues during his morning skate session with his teammates, allowing him to draw back in after missing the previous four games. He'll skate alongside Patrick Marleau and Matthew Nieto on Saturday, but once rookie Melker Karlsson begins to slow down, look for Thornton to rejoin Joe Pavelski on the top line.

Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Thornton (shoulder) was on the ice for morning skate and could be a lineup option for Saturday's game against the Rangers, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

Thornton centered the Sharks' top line during morning skate, an indication he's ready to return after a four-game absence. Since he's still listed on the Sharks' injured reserve list, his availability remains a question mark for now, but fantasy owners will surely want to keep tabs on his status throughout the day.

Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Thornton (shoulder) will not be available for Thursday's game against the Blues, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Though he'll sit out a fourth straight game, Thornton has resumed skating and was optimistic about his chances of playing Saturday, when the Sharks will host the Rangers. The 35-year-old didn't experience much healing in his first few days after injuring the shoulder in a Dec. 31 collision with the Ducks' Clayton Stoner, but does feel that he's experienced progress more recently. With a positive practice session Friday, Thornton could receive the green light to resume playing.

Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Thornton (shoulder) skated Tuesday morning, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Thornton had been off the ice since last Friday while tending to the shoulder injury, but because Tuesday's session wasn't a full practice, it's difficult to discern whether or not he'll be ready to go for Thursday's game against the Flyers. The Sharks should have a better idea of his condition by Wednesday or Thursday morning.

Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Thornton (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Sunday, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

Thornton was already listed as doubtful for Monday's game, but he will need to miss both Monday and Tuesday as a result of the move. The team will likely add someone from the AHL to fill his roster spot while he sits. He will next be eligible to return Thursday against the Flyers.

Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Thornton (shoulder) is doubtful for Monday's game against the Jets, but is expected to play at some point during the Sharks' road trip, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reports.

Thornton left Wednesday's game against the Ducks midway through the first period and didn't return. He was expected to return Saturday, but it looks as though the injury will cost him a minimum of two games. His next chance to return to the lineup will come Tuesday against the Wild.

Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Thornton (shoulder) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Blues, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Considered probable to play heading into the day, Thornton was unable to skate Saturday morning and quickly ruled out by coach Todd McLellan. It will spell an end to the iron man's streak of 319 consecutive games played, an attribute that made him one of the more trusty fantasy forwards despite a dive in his goal totals in recent seasons. It seems the Sharks are viewing Thornton day-to-day at this time, so there's hope that his absence will only span one game. Joe Pavelski is slated to center the top line in Thornton's absence, while Matt Nieto slides up to fill Pavelski's usual spot on the wing.

Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Thornton (shoulder) was absent from the Sharks' gameday skate, putting his status in question for Saturday's game against the Blues, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

After he was able to get in a full practice Friday, Thornton was considered probable to play Saturday, but the Sharks may be rethinking that after keeping him off the ice during the morning session. It's possible that Thornton just took his option to rest until the evening, but it certainly doesn't erase concerns fantasy owners might have had about his availability. Expect an official verdict on his status during pregame warmups, but because the Sharks are the last game on the schedule Saturday, it may be tough to count on him in daily formats. If Thornton ends up sitting Saturday, his streak of 319 consecutive games played will come to an end.

Joe Thornton C SAN 2 Months

Coach Todd McLellan said Friday that Thornton (shoulder) is probable to play in Saturday's game against the Blues, David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

A collision with the Ducks' Clayton Stoner forced Thornton out of Wednesday's game with an apparent shoulder injury, but the veteran center was back at practice two days later to alleviate any concerns. McLellan said that Thornton felt even better than the Sharks had anticipated Friday, allowing him to be bullish about his availability for Saturday's game. Thornton has not missed a game due to injury since the 2009-10 season.