IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
2 weeks ago

Thornton (knee) told reporters he sustained tears to both his ACL and MCL in his right knee, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Despite the injury and the coming rehab and surgery, Thornton maintains that he would like to return for another year with San Jose -- even going so far as to offer to reduce his salary hit on a one-year deal in order to provide the organization additional flexibility. The team might be willing, considering the center earned 36 points in 47 games prior to getting hurt. Depending on the size of the paycut, the Sharks might be in the running to secure the services of Evander Kane on a permanent basis.

IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
2 weeks ago

Thornton (knee) was unable to get back into action before the Sharks were bounced from the playoffs.

EDGE Analysis

Thornton last appeared for San Jose on Jan. 23, a stretch of 45 games on the sideline. What this means for the 38-year-old remains to be seen, as he will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason and coming off a significant knee injury. When he was in the lineup, the center was his usual productive self, considering he logged 36 points in 47 contests. It seems unlikely the life-long Shark will want to play elsewhere -- although many people thought the same about Patrick Marleau, who spent the 2017-18 campaign with Toronto.

IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
2 weeks ago

Thornton (knee) will not play in Game 6 Sunday against Vegas, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

This may have been Thornton's last chance to play this season, as the Sharks have their backs against the wall down 3-2 in the series. The 38-year-old hasn't played since January and the team clearly doesn't want him to suit up until he's back to 100%. If San Jose hangs on today, Thornton will have another shot to play on Tuesday in Game 7.

IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
2 weeks ago

Thornton (knee) won't suit up for Game 5 against Vegas on Friday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Sharks have have their offense buzzing with 10 goals in the last three games, but Thornton would bolster center depth in his return. Thornton mustered 13 goals and 36 points in 47 regular-season games, but he hasn't played since Jan. 23, so the Sharks may want to ensure he's fully conditioned before returning.

IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
3 weeks ago

Thornton (knee) will not return to the lineup for Game 4 against the Knights, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornton did take the ice for pregame warmups, but it appears he will require at least a couple more days before he can give it a go. Joonas Donskoi (lower body), however, will return to provide some reinforcements for the Sharks' forward lines as the club looks to even up the series before heading to Vegas for Game 5 on Friday.

IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
3 weeks ago

Thornton (knee) has been deemed a game-time decision for Wednesday's Game 4 against Vegas, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

Strangely, being listed as a game-time decision is the least murky aspect regarding Thornton's status Wednesday. During the day's morning skate, the former MVP centered the team's top line, which would seem to indicate his readiness. However, following practice, head coach Peter DeBoer refused to comment on lineup specifics while Thornton himself said he would not play. This scenario is one that should be continually monitored, as a top line of Thornton, Joe Pavelski, and Evander Kane could really rack up some points.

IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
3 weeks ago

Thornton (knee) maintained that he was still day-to-day, despite taking line rushes on the top unit, Curtis Pashelka of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornton has not played since Jan. 23, a stretch of 40 games missed. Prior to getting hurt, the notched nine points in seven games and would provide a nice offensive boost to a club that just got blanked in Game 1 by Marc-Andre Fleury. Until the team makes an official announcement, fantasy owners should plan to avoid using Jumbo Job in their lineups.

IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
4 weeks ago

Thornton (knee) is expected to miss Game 1 of the Sharks' second-round matchup with Vegas, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

While it has yet to be announced if Game 1 will be Wednesday or Thursday, what is certain is that Jumbo Joe won't be in action. The center continues to skate with his teammates, but hasn't turned the corner in his recovery. If the veteran is able to suit up this postseason, he will likely resume a top-six role -- although the emergence of Tomas Hertl and Joonas Donskoi could muddy the waters in terms of where coach Pete DeBoer wants to insert Thornton into the lineup.

IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
1 month ago

Thornton (knee) will be a spectator for Monday's Game 3 against the Ducks, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

While Jumbo Joe took pre-game warmup prior to Game 2 on Saturday, he still hasn't been fully cleared for game action. Thornton previously indicated that he wouldn't be back in the lineup until he felt his knee was strong enough to allow him to remain there, so it's safe to consider him as being on the mend until an official timeline for his return is announced.

IRJoe Thornton
C SJ
1 month ago

Based on pre-game warmups, Thornton will not suit up for Game 2 against the Ducks on Saturday, Kevin Kurz of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thornton has been sidelined since Jan. 23, a stretch of 36 missed games. When Jumbo Joe might return remains to be seen, but he does appear to be making strides, including taking the pre-game warmup. Once given the all-clear, the veteran center figures to resume a top-six role and should bolster the Sharks' attack.