NHL Headlines: Joe Thornton to Toronto and Zdeno Chara still looking

So the rumors out of Toronto were very real this time around. Joe Thornton is now a member of the Maple Leafs and it was apparently a long time coming.

Joe Thornton joins the Maple Leafs

According to Pierre Lebrun the Leafs first attempted to lure Thornton while Lou Lamoriello was GM and Mike Babcock was coach in 2017. Apparently, he almost considered because Patrick Marleau was signing there. Yet he opted to stay in San Jose. Well the Leafs finally got their guy.

The deal for Jumbo Joe is for one year at $700,000 with a full no move clause. The giant of a pivot will continue to play in the Swiss league in preparation for the next NHL season.

San Jose Player say goodbye to Joe Thornton

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Joe Thornton still wanted (Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports)

Players from the San Jose Sharks all took to social media to let Joe know how they feel. “Daaamn…going to miss a lot more then just laughing with this guy,” Brent Burns wrote.

“Man I’m going to miss ya, but feel very fortunate to play with you and become great friend,” Evander Kane tweeted out. There were many more and you can read them here.

Zdeno Chara still looking for a team

Zdeno Chara is looking at all his options and is still very likely to return to the Boston Bruins. It is very interesting that Chara is openly considering other options. Could it be possible that Boston is looking to move on? We’ll see.

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