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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Joe Thornton Trade Again?

From a whole bunch of sources via Spectors,

"recently published articles regarding potential off-season moves by the San Jose Sharks. Brian Messenger suggests re-signing Joe Thornton, who'll be a UFA next summer, to a new contract around $8 million per season might be a risky move, considering he's yet to carry his strong regular season performances into the playoffs.

Pat Hickey also weighs in on Thornton's poor post-season numbers, suggesting Sharks GM Doug Wilson might be tempted to trade Thornton if the price was right. Jim Mathesonn believes Thornton is the Sharks only untouchable player, although he also doubts that team captain Patrick Marleau will be shopped, although he acknowledged the club will be hard-pressed to retain both next summer, when Marleau is also eligible for UFA status.

Matt Kalmann seized on Doug Wilson's recent statement that the goalie tandem of Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala will be broken up this off-season, speculating as to what it might take for the Boston Bruins to land one of them. He suggests an offer of veteran forward Glen Murray, a prospect or two and goalie Hannu Toivonen for Nabokov, and Toivonen and either lesser prospects and/or PJ Axelsson for Toskala."

Matt's Take: Wouldn't it be nice to see Joe back here, not going to happen. As for Muzzy, San Jose is definately the leading landing spot for him. I might go for the PJ, prospect for Toskala deal, but PJ is very underrated by many. As for Glen Murray, Hannu Toivonen and 2 prospects, no way. I'd do Hannu, Glen straight up for Nabakov. SJ isn't scamming me twice...


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