Good morning and Happy Sunday, Stars fans!
Yes, I’m a day late. But that’s okay because I can actually say this:
I TOLD Y’ALL SO.
Yes, it’s true! The Stars have officially entered the Joe Thornton sweepstakes after a long and eventful draft weekend. James Neal to the Nashville Predators was one of the main trades that sent Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling to the Iron City to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Another trade was when the Vancouver Canucks made one of multiple moves on Friday by sending center Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks in a trade that sent Nick Bonino and Luca Sbisa along with Anaheim’s first round pick to the Canucks. This is just the prelude to a hopeful frenzy of trading and signings that is set to ensue.
But besides the Stars 9 draft picks, including 7 defenseman, 1 forward, and 1 goalie, the real enticing news was that the Stars are now in the hunt for the Joe Thornton. Thornton had another memorable season in San Jose with a measly 11 goals but a powerful 65 assists in his final regular season stat line. He found 2 goals and 1 assist throughout the Sharks short and gone-too-soon postseason hopes. So even at the age of 34 he is still finding a way to be a dominant force on the ice. And if the Stars could pick Thornton up in a trade, they could valuably place him on the 2nd line in the center spot that would end up greatly reducing Tyler Seguin’s load and “balancing the scales” in the Stars dot.
Thornton is the 3rd center that the Stars have talked about, and with talks about Spezza lingering and talks about Stastny basically dead, it almost seems as though Thornton is the Stars new guy. Now I don’t want to say it again, but I’m just very proud of myself for calling it in the article on the Stars wants, I TOLD YOU SO (dang, that feels good).
Jumbo Joe moving to Dallas would be a great achievement for both sides, but the ball is still in Thornton’s court. He has a no-trade clause in his contract, similar to Brenden Morrow’s situation with Dallas during the lockout season. In order for Thornton to be available for trade, he has to wave this no-trade clause. The San Jose Sharks organization believes that Thornton is now in SJ for “the living setting” only, though Thornton swears he is still fully committed to the team. He has said that he will let the fans speak on if they want him to stick around or hit the road, but the Stars will still pursue him in earnest. If he does, the Stars have an arsenal of prospects that they could send to the Sharks who are looking for young and rebuild-ready players. A few potential choices could be Alex Chiasson or Brenden Dillon for starters.
Thornton would heavily lean the scales in the Stars favor for next year and their second line center problems would be solved, but that only works if Thornton walks from a future in SJ. We’ll have to see how the Stars act, but it is finally a relevant and possible move (maybe Jim got the idea from me? I could only wish). But it could work, so keep the faith, Dallas fans.
I’ll keep y’all updated, don’t worry. But be ready for the Stars to be major players in the upcoming events throughout this next week. It’ll be a crazy ride, but with Jim Nill manning the helm, hopefully it will be for the better.
Tell me how y’all feel about a possible Thornton trade below in the comments. GO STARS.