It doesn’t sound like San Jose forward Joe Thornton is dying to test free agency next summer. According to his agent and brother, John, the 34-year-old star center is likely to end up remaining in a Sharks uniform beyond the 2013-14 season.
“I still think Joe is a franchise player but he’s not going to go for those big numbers,” John told ESPN’s Craig Custance yesterday. “On an open market, he would get large offers. I don’t think that’s what he’s looking for. I still see him being in San Jose after this year.”
Thornton is one of three big-name Sharks who can become a UFA next summer, the other two being Patrick Marleau and Dan Boyle.
San Jose has already locked up young centers Logan Couture and Joe Pavelski to multi-year deals, leading many to wonder where the club sees Thornton fitting into its future plans.
Thornton’s cap hit for this season is $7 million, with a salary of $6 million. Term, as well as the level of discount he’s willing to accept, should be the main deciding factors in whether he re-signs.
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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.
According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in a vehicle that ran into a tree.
The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.
A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.
“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”
This story will be updated when more information is made available.
The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.
According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.
The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.
Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.
The veteran winger started last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.
Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.