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The veteran center truly believes that his best chance at winning a Stanley Cup is with the Sharks if a few changes are made, and it would mean more to do it there with long-time teammate Patrick Marleau, who he waited to make sure signed in San Jose before signing his own extension. Thornton hasn’t submitted a list of acceptable teams to GM Doug Wilson, and hasn’t been asked to do so either. That likely won’t change anytime soon. Because of that, it’s hard to envision a scenario where Thornton would okay a deal.

In theory, the Sharks could try to force him out by stripping him of the captaincy before the season starts, but the reality is that Thornton would probably accept a back seat on the leadership front to younger players like Logan Couture or Joe Pavelski if everyone felt it was the best path to a championship in San Jose.
 

-Craig Custance of ESPN on Joe Thornton.  vVa ESPN Insider, but you can read a few other topics without a subscription.

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The veteran center truly believes that his best chance at winning a Stanley Cup is with the Sharks if a few changes are made

A lot of people agree.  They also agree that one of the changes that would make them better is to get rid of at least one of Thornton and Marleau.

Posted by Garth on 06/24/14 at 12:09 PM ET

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