Jumbo Joe is one of the more iconic players in the league today and has been for a long time. How can you hate this guy? A man who has been a prolific playmaker throughout his entire career and hasn’t won a Stanley Cup is such a sad story. With his window of playing time quickly closing, he knows that there are not many options at this point. One of the options that could be a possibility is the Toronto Maple Leafs.
— Sharks on NBCS (@NBCSSharks) October 13, 2020
For a team that needs to shed some cap space, making some moves at the forward position will help. Guys like Kerfoot and Nylander have been rumored to be on the board for trades. Kerfoot currently has a cap hit of $3.5 million for the next three seasons while Nylander has a hit of $6,962,366 for the next 4 years.
Kerfoot was acquired by the Leafs from Colorado to fill the void of giving up Kadri and has been a good fit. With Thronton being a center who is willing to take a cheap discount and fill a center roll or a wing position, he could definitely fit the role. With this young core, veteran leadership is key to any success.
Thornton is still a fantastic playmaker and can make anyone around him look better than they are. Where exactly will he fit if he signs in Toronto? The bottom six is a guarantee for a man his age. Last time an aging Sharks player signed in Toronto, it costed them a first-round pick a few years later. This may be Thronton’s last year in the league, so Toronto should know this is a one-year relationship with the future Hall of Famer. Should Toronto take a chance and bring in Thronton?