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Thornton skating with workforce in Switzerland, uncertain of NHL future

Joe Thornton trains at HC Davos in the National League, the highest professional league in Switzerland, while the unrestricted free agent striker decides his future in the NHL.

The 42-year-old scored 20 points (five goals, 15 assists) in 44 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season after signing a one-year $ 700,000 deal on October 16. 22 February 13.

Thornton, who has played 23 NHL seasons, scored a goal in the first round of the Stanley Cup in a seven-game loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

HC Davos starts its season on September 11th; the NHL season begins October 12th.

“It came so suddenly, I really didn’t have time to think about it,” Thornton said on June 2 after Toronto was eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. “First of all, I have to be a little dad here. But yeah, I feel really, really, healthy and really, really good … And that’s a good sign. “

Thornton has a 10 year old daughter Ayla and a 7 year old son River.

“It was hard,” said Thornton. “… my focus has to be on [my children] at the moment. It is a good feeling. I can’t wait to spend a lot of time with them. “

Thornton is 14th on the NHL all-time scoring list with the Maple Leafs, San Jose Sharks and Boston Bruins with 1,529 points (425 goals, 1,104 assists) and is in sixth place with 1,680 games. He has scored 134 points (32 goals, 102 assists) in 186 playoff games. Thornton has played the second most frequent regular season games in NHL history without winning the Stanley Cup, behind former teammate Patrick Marleau (1,779).

Although the Maple Leafs, who have qualified for the postseason for the past five seasons, haven’t won a round since 2004, Thornton said he likes Toronto’s chances.

“These guys are realizing that expectations are different now, and that’s a good thing,” said Thornton. “In the future this group has a lot of great pieces, a lot of great people here, and it will certainly continue from here.”

Thornton previously trained and played at HC Davos, including before last season when he scored 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 12 games with them. He also played for them in 2004-05 when the NHL season was canceled and in 2012-13 during the NHL suspension.


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