The San Jose Sharks’ “Summer of Stupid” continued today, as the team announced no captain will be named before training camp. Joe Thornton was the captain, but the organization is going in another direction that doesn’t (apparently) include Jumbo Joe. This is, of course, insane. Thornton doesn’t want to leave (he may have been born in Ontario, but he was made for the coast) and who can blame him? If he eventually agrees to be dealt, the odds that Edmonton would be on his ‘no fly’ list are very strong.
THEN WHY TALK ABOUT IT???
Because it’s all too beautiful. Joe Thornton solves all, well most, of the problems facing Edmonton. Crappy power play? Call Joe! Center an area of weakness? Call Joe! Plus he’s ultra cool, I can’t imagine what he’d say if Leon Draisaitl scored four goals as an Oiler. It’s a sweet dream and a distant bell, but on a Wednesday in August the idea of Joe Thornton in Oilers threads is too cool.
WHAT WOULD IT COST?
My initial thought was something around Eberle (remember Thornton is expensive cap-wise), Marincin and a pick, but Michael and Matt offered up some interesting names. If we take Perron out of the forward group, as these two gents suggest, and plug in Joe?
|LEFT WING||CENTER||RIGHT WING|
|TAYLOR HALL||JOE THORNTON||JORDAN EBERLE|
|BENOIT POULIOT||RYAN NUGENT-HOPKINS||NAIL YAKUPOV|
|DUSTIN PENNER||BOYD GORDON||TEDDY PURCELL|
|MATT HENDRICKS||MARK ARCOBELLO||TYLER PITLICK*|
|ANTON LANDER||IIRO PAKARINEN*|