Joe Thornton has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs for one year at the league-minimum salary of $700,000.
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Joe Thornton has signed a one-year contract! #LeafsForever
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— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 16, 2020
Thornton spent the last 15 seasons with the San Jose Sharks putting up the most assists in franchise history with 804. Through 1,636 career NHL games, Thornton has 420 goals and 1,636 points capturing the Art Ross and Hart Trophy in 2006.
The 41-year-old's deal does not include 35-plus performance bonuses, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. Currently playing with HC Davos of the Swiss National League, Thornton is expected to report for training camp when the 2020-21 season resumes.
The six-time All-Star was selected by the Boston Bruins with the first overall pick in the 1997 NHL Draft. In 179 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, Thornton has 133 points.