After 1,745 games across 21 seasons, Joe Thornton still isn’t sure if he’s ready to retire.
Thornton replied “nope” when asked if he has thought about his future after the San Jose Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs with a 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
Joe Thornton asked if he’s thought about (his) future. “No,” he said. “Nope.”
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 22, 2019
The No. 1 overall pick in 1997, Thorton will turn 40 years old July 2 and will be an unrestricted free agent when the offseason begins. He leads active players in career assists (1,065) and points (1,478), which are good enough for eighth and 14th all-time, respectively.
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The 2006 Hart Memorial Trophy winner showed he can still compete at a high level, posting 51 points in the regular season and 10 more in the playoffs. Plus, he’s yet to win a Stanley Cup, which could entice him to keep playing.