Joe Thornton is a member of the San Jose Sharks. The San Jose Sharks appear to be needing salary cap space. Joe Thornton is one of the best players in the world when he’s on top of his game. So after the Chicago Blackhawks depressing, even debilitating loss in the Western Conference Finals, Hawks fans are looking anywhere for help. Now the fan-made rumor is that the Hawks should try and acquire, Joe Thornton. Well, let’s take a step back.
670 The Score’s hockey/Blackhawks expert Jay Zawaski might have started the rumors in his off-season mail bag. A question was asked involving a possible trade with the Vancouver Canucks for center Ryan Kesler. Zawaski liked the idea, but also mentioned Thornton, saying, “[Thornton] is also on the trading block. While he’s six years older than Kesler, I’d try to swing a similar deal for Thornton; his 65 assists would look nice on the Blackhawks’ line.” Zawaski mentioned him pairing with Patrick Kane could be a force in the NHL, which was obvious from the fact that Kane was a force with anybody this season.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Most NHL players sit on the trade block for months, if not years. Look at Mike Komisarek who spent the better part of three seasons on the trade block in Toronto. Finally, his team used the compliance buy-out on him to get him out of town. Mid-tier players get traded often in the NHL, but a top player on a contender doesn’t get traded every off-season.
Thornton may be a good pick up, but don’t expect him to join the team. He would provide defensive help and a play-maker mentality to a team that needs at least one more center. While himself or Kesler would do wonders for the team, it will take a lot to get them to the United Center, and getting either might cost the team your favorite prospect or younger player.