Joe Thornton No Longer Sharks Captain

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Joe Thornton has been stripped of the “C” in San Jose.

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan confirmed to local media this afternoon that the team not have a captain or assistant captains when their training camp begins in a few weeks.

According to reports, McLellan will hold an “open competition” for the leadership positions during training camp. Thornton is still a candidate to regain the captaincy of the Sharks, and┬áPatrick Marleau, who wore an “A” last year in San Jose, could regain his title as well.

Thornton, 35, was the Number One overall pick in the 1997 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins, and was traded to San Jose in a four-player deal in 2005. He ranks second in Sharks history behind Marleau in games played (675) and points (740), and his 567 assists are the most by any player in the history of the San Jose franchise.

The 2014-15 season will be the first of a new three-year, $20.25M contract for Thornton.

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9 Responses to Joe Thornton No Longer Sharks Captain

  1. EbonyRaptor says:

    I don’t really like Jumbo very much but I would rather have him remain Captain because I think the Sharks would be better with new leadership – and who wants that to happen around these parts?

  2. ZebraGreg says:

    He’s not top-end talent-wise nor as a leader. And he’s a scumbag.

  3. Peter says:

    Kudos to McLellan for actually doing this, but like ER said new leadership might lead to a few more wins…if Thornton becomes Captain again, I will remove my kudos to McLellan.

  4. McKay says:

    He should wear a “C” for cunt.

  5. Tim G says:

    Well that escalated quickly…

    A little suprised, just cuz joe has been there, but could be good for the sharks to shake things up a little… I could see Pavalski getting it…

  6. John Wangsauce says:

    Trade them and rebuild already San Jose.

  7. Mike says:

    Sorry to get off subject but………WTF
    Capgeek is listing Hayes’ EL contract at $900k with bonus potential of $2.85mm for a potential AAV of $3.75mm…..WOW. I doubt SB offered anything like that.

    Of course we do not know what he has to do to earn any or all of that bonus. I hope he has a good career as I don’t wish ill will on anyone. That said, I hope he spends his first full year in the AHL……no NHL money…no bonuses.

  8. Mike57 says:

    McKay – funny as hell!!

  9. Peter says:

    Mike, clearly Kevin Hayes did what was best for him because that total money potential is nothing the Hawks would have touched. Did the Hawks essentially trade Kevin Hayes for Brad Richards?

    Sorry Dave for talking about Kevin Hayes.

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