The Fourth Period reports that the Sharks will explore trading Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau in an attempt to get younger. I’m not sure that trading Thornton and Marleau is the best way to proclaim that its “Logan’s team now”, but nonetheless the smoke is out there. We know changes are coming after the Sharks were yet again bounced early from the playoffs after a strong regular season.
While trading Thornton or Marleau is not a guarantee and may prove to be difficult, given their no-movement clauses and desire to both stay in San Jose, Pagnotta is also reporting the Sharks’ preference to get younger in goal.
Thornton and Marleau can’t be thrilled with this news. They both agreed to contracts this summer that were below market value and both players have no-movement clauses. Trading either of these players will be damn near impossible. Either they flat out won’t want to be traded or they would make it very difficult to be traded by only approving a limited number of teams.
For the Rangers view of this, the player that piques our interest is obviously Thornton. Brad Richards will be bought out this summer and the Rangers will be looking for a center. This season Big Joe had the most primary assists in the NHL with 36 and the second most estimated set up passes (passes that directly lead to a shot attempt). He’s also very familiar with Rick Nash after he spent the ’04 lockout playing with him for HC Davos in the Swiss League.
Theoretically, a Thornton trade could happen. But it won’t. The theoretical cost would be egregious. Probably Derek Stepan and another piece. But then again, if the Rangers don’t win the Cup terrible decisions in desperation may be pursued or made.