There has been some speculation that the New York Rangers might be trying to add Joe Thornton before the start of the season. There have been whispers in the past few months the the San Jose Sharks might be interested in moving their captain. If the Sharks are willing to move “Jumbo” Joe, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman better be making a phone or two on this one. Thornton is exactly what the Hawks need right now, a big and physical second line center. Thornton is a play making assist machine that would excel in between Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp. He has had two seasons of over 90 assists including 96 in 2005-06 on his way to the Hart Trophy. He has 324 goals and 754 assists and 1077 career regular season games and is a +17 for his career. I know what a lot of you are saying right now, “he doesn’t show up in the playoffs!” Well that is a reputation that isn’t exactly true. Thornton does have 87 points (20 G, 67 A) in 114 career playoff games. In fact since being in San Jose his playoff numbers have been pretty good. He 69 points in 79 career playoff games with the Sharks, that is an average of 0.87 points per game. Marian Hossa has a career playoff points per game average of 0.75 and Patrick Sharp’s is 0.63 but you never hear about those guys being post season “no shows.” Thornton is signed for this year and the 2013-14 season with a $7 million cap hit. The Hawks can afford that hit, especially if the use Niklas Hjalmarsson in the package to land Thornton. Doug Wilson was very interested in Hjalmarsson two years ago, its time to see if he still wants him. This trade would be a great fit for both the Hawks and Thornton and the Bowman has a lot to offer for his services. The only factors would be if the Sharks are actually interested in moving their captain and if they would want to send him to a conference rival. Time to work you magic Stan, if you have any…..
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