is back in San Jose skating with players in the Sharks organization, but that does not mean he is returning to the organization. Thornton spent the last couple seasons bouncing around the NHL in pursuit of the elusive Stanley Cup, alas he would not obtain the oversized goblet.
Corey Masisak, Sharks' correspondent for The Athletic, reports that the 1,700+ game veteran has moved his family back to the Bay Area as he sorts out his plans for the upcoming season. Thornton has repeatedly stated that he plans on being in and around 'the boys' for the rest of his life, although in what capacity is subject to change as he gets up there in age.
Masisak writes: "It looks like Joe Thornton
and his family have moved back to San Jose while he figures out his next chapter. He's been spotted at Sharks Ice a few times this month skating w/SJS players, hanging out w/SJS brass and at a Jr. Sharks practice. Reached out to someone with the Sharks about Joe Thornton
: He has no official role with the organization at this time."
Thornton spent 1,104 games over 15 seasons in San Jose, scoring 1,055 points in a Sharks' uniform. The 43-year old has had us all in limbo for the summer, wondering 'will he retire or won't he?'
With 24 seasons under his belt and after being a healthy scratch most of the last two seasons, he could still receive a PTO, as those are being handed out like candy. Still, if he decides to hang up the skates, he is a first-ballot hall-of-famer and will almost certainly have a job lined up post-career.