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08:30 AM ET 09.21 | As he enters the third and final year of a reported $21.6 million deal, Joe Thornton will find himself as the star of a sidbar story that will speculate on his future. Four years after his last scoring title, Thornton is still efficient and a threat to score on every shift. ... So here's the $7.2 million question: has Jumbo Joe's stock risen or tumbled at the age of 31? It sure looks like Thornton would leap at the chance to sign another extension to continue his career in California. He recently became a U.S. Citizen, and is building a new home in the Los Gatos-Saratoga area. He and his wife welcomed their first child into the world this summer. Clearly, Thornton is comfortable with his digs in South Bay.

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September 21, 2010  08:54 AM ET

Thornton scored 20 goals last year. Granted he was a plus 17, but still $7.2 for a 20 goal scorer? You gotta be kidding me.

September 21, 2010  09:06 AM ET

7.2 million? Now we know why they call him Jumbo Joe.

September 21, 2010  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Thornton scored 20 goals last year. Granted he was a plus 17, but still $7.2 for a 20 goal scorer? You gotta be kidding me.

Thornton is a set-up guy, not a goal scorer... never has been

September 21, 2010  09:56 AM ET

The best thing that could happen to "no-show joe" is to have a Team rip 3 mill off that contract and and the letter off his jersey.At his recent pay scale disappointment has become the new accepted standard. At 4.5 per year without C or A on his jersey he would be non story.

September 21, 2010  10:21 AM ET

Now that he's become a Yank does that mean we don't have to put up with him wearing an international Canuckistanian hat any more?

It would be one way of adding value by subtraction to my eye.

September 21, 2010  10:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Thornton is a set-up guy, not a goal scorer... never has been

He's also a tin man, not a winner. Always has been.

September 21, 2010  10:25 AM ET

Next Stop... Detroit.

At 31 Years Old, he would be considered a Kid.

September 21, 2010  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Next Stop... Detroit.At 31 Years Old, he would be considered a Kid.

Detroit wouldn't waste their time on somebody who clearly is not a winner.

September 21, 2010  10:43 AM ET

4 years 20 million.

September 21, 2010  10:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Detroit wouldn't waste their time on somebody who clearly is not a winner.

They signed Bertuzzi didn't they?

September 21, 2010  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

They signed Bertuzzi didn't they?

Different fish and not nearly as costly.

September 21, 2010  11:41 AM ET

If not the Sharks, someone will throw a bunch of money his way.

September 21, 2010  11:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Different fish and not nearly as costly.

Agree, and since he has the rep of coming up behind you and knocking you down while team mates jump on the pile, Bert can be scary these days, and those beady little eyes!!!! Yeah, I see why Det picked him up.

September 21, 2010  11:55 AM ET

He is a set up man, and a good one in the reg season, but come playoffs, he shuts down like he doesn't know what to do, or too scared to make mistakes maybe??? He played here in the Soo, and he was a great player, but the B's miss used him, and I worry about that now with Seguin, as playing on the 3rd and 4th line for 20 games, isn't going garner too much R.O.Y ballots, or start his career with a bang. Thornton is a great reg season player, but that's where the buck stops buying!

September 21, 2010  12:18 PM ET

He is Marc Savard but taller all his points come from assists and he scores about 20 each year

September 21, 2010  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Detroit wouldn't waste their time on somebody who clearly is not a winner.

While I don't think he a winner either, anybody would be interested in him at the right price.

September 21, 2010  01:09 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

While I don't think he a winner either, anybody would be interested in him at the right price.

I certainly hope no team I like would put themselves in the running for him. Even if he paid them to play.

September 21, 2010  02:24 PM ET

Always was sad to me. Good Canadian boy..has the size..has the skills...should take over games by himself. Never seems to be having any fun. I guess hes missing the heart but with his skill set that should be easy to overcome...if he wants it.

September 21, 2010  02:25 PM ET

He recently became a U.S. Citizen, and is building a new home in the Los Gatos-Saratoga area.

Thank you America. USA USA USA....would you take Jack Layton as well??

 
September 21, 2010  03:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

If not the Sharks, someone will throw a bunch of money his way.

I'd bet LA will come knocking sooner or later

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