YEP – it’s a done deal! 1-year at $700k league minimum. Welcome to Toronto Jumbo Joe!
Earlier today, I was informed about the possibility of the Leafs adding Joe Thornton to the mix; on the common 1-year, $700k deal. I posted it as a quick hit comment on LeafsLand at 11:31am ET after my source let me know the Leafs were making a valiant effort to get this deal done. Here’s my take on this. I would love this 100%! I’ve always been a Joe Thornton fan and his name has been linked to Toronto many times though nothing was ever materialized.
At the age of 41, the London, Ontario native is loving life. Currently enjoying the lifestyle in Switzerland, Joe Thornton is coming off a 24-point season in San Jose. I’m not looking for him to be a difference-maker on the ice; it’s what he brings off the ice that matters most. His leadership and respect among his peers says a lot. But if you want to talk about his on-ice skill – even at 41, I’d take him over the now departed Freddy Gauthier ANY time. Gauthier was given several chances and though we did see some improvement in his skating and his “physical” play – I expected a lot more from a 25-year-old 6′, 239lb centreman.
In The Numbers
You can’t argue that Joe Thornton has put up some awesome numbers in his lengthy NHL career. Entering his 24th NHL season, Joe Thornton bring a ton of experience and as his career comes to a close – why not take a shot at winning a Stanley Cup with one of the NHLs most storied franchises. It would be the picture-perfect happy ending for his career and I mean – who doesn’t want the Leafs to end this brutal drought?!
Oh by the way – he definitely fits the Dubas mold – he was a Soo Greyhound!
A career (+) player and averaging just under a point-per-game, Joe Thornton would be a great veteran addition to a team that Dubas has finally brought experience to in the last couple of weeks. With John Tavares at the helm, the return of Jason Spezza, and the addition of Wayne Simmonds and TJ Brodie; the Leafs have a pretty decent mix of experienced veteran leaders to steer this ship to glory! My only stressful thing about all this is what number would he wear? Spezza’s got 19 and Tavares has 91. I like the number 9 for him! Start getting those jerseys made!
TJ Brodie | What Number?
Speaking of jersey numbers, today it was also announced that TJ Brodie will wear the number 78 – the first Leaf to ever do so. Oh and if this isn’t foreshadowing, I don’t know what is!
This Week on BTP
This week Archie and Wade will discuss all the trades, signings, and news from around the NHL! Don’t miss Between The Pipes this Friday at 7:30pm ET! In case you missed last week’s Free Agent Frenzy special – you can check it out below! Or if you’d prefer to listen, you can do that here!