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Avalanche Trade Talk: Avs on Joe Thornton’s Shortlist



The Colorado Avalanche, one could argue, still need a center for the stretch run and possibly into the playoffs. Second-line pivotman Nazem Kadri remains out several weeks because of a lower-body injury, and there is a bit of a mishmash of how you’d term the third-line center position. Some nights, it always seems to be a different guy.

Friday night, the National Hockey Now family learned the Avalanche are on the shortlist of San Jose Sharks center and future Hall of Famer Joe Thornton, according to sources close to the player.

Stick tap to our colleagues at Boston Hockey Now, specifically Jimmy Murphy (@murphyslaw74) for getting the scoop. Murphy was the first to report the Boston Bruins interest in Ondrej Kase, whom Boston acquired Friday.

On Thornton’s shortlist are Colorado, Boston, Tampa Bay, Dallas, and Pittsburgh.

I can verify that Murphy’s sources are good ones.

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Thornton has some family that live in Colorado.

Thornton, 40, has 25 points in 60 games this season, including just two goals. The playmaking center has mostly remained the top center in San Jose, playing with Timo Meier and Kevin Lebanc. The centerman is averaging just over 15 minutes of ice time per game.

Jumbo Joe is a six-time all-star and the 2006 winner of the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy. He has never won a Stanley Cup, though he played in the 2016 Finals with the Sharks against Pittsburgh. The Sharks reportedly would like to give Thornton a chance at winning one in what could be his final season.


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Colin arp

While I think his stats aren’t as good on paper, he could be a good add for down the stretch. He is a big veteran who can provide the experience and heavy grit we will need in the playoff. Jumbo Joe does deserve to hold the cup and the Avs certainly could be a good contender.


Nope! Don’t want him near the team.


Right,….. because we don’t need a high character guy that’s been to the finals and played in dozens upon dozens of intense playoff games

Matt Zmuda

He would be a perfect fit for the stretch run! Hopefully we can stick to only giving up a late round pick

Aaron Hinton

Let’s bring him in. The consummate pro. Wouldn’t cost much in terms of return and wouldn’t be mortgaging the future.


I’m with you. Even though I’ve never been a big fan of his. If Kadri wasn’t coming back I’d say no. But you can’t go out spend to get a guy then throw him on the fourth line. Joe could play well with JT and Jost when the teams healthy.

Aaron Hinton

I’ve never been a fan of his either. And I bet Kadri still has a chunk of his beard in a sandwich bag…but he fits the need of a solid centreman. I’d rather have him than Kreider for this stretch run.


Definitely a shell of himself, but I think it’s a piece of the puzzle that needs to be addressed. He’s slower than JT but a much more complete player and much harder to knock off the puck. PEB and JT are disappointing in the corners and that’s where we need the help the most. Price matters though. Our PP2 severely lacks even when we are healthy.


Agreed, slow are not, he is extremely hard to knock off the puck and his vision is world class. He is a premier set up man and those two things will never go away not matter how old he gets. It’s a plus to this team, I like the idea.

[…] up as the deadline approaches and Adrian Dater, a Colorado Avalanche insider, notes there are five teams on Thornton’s shortlist: the Colorado Avalanche, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Dallas Stars, […]


Jumbo Joe is a leader and whoever gets him will be lucky. The guys will play harder for him to get that cup. When Pavelski got hit last year Jumbo Joe ordered the Sharks bench to win that game for Pavelski and boy did they come back and eliminate Vegas. His presence alone on the bench will take a contender to the next level. The Bruins didnt treat him right. The Jacobs conspire with the ref to pick on him every time he returns to play in Boston. He hates Boston and would not go back there. Please pick Colorado… Read more »

big K

Jumbo Joe is the polar opposite of how the Colorado Avalanche has been built and plays. While the Avs rely on their speed, Joe is slowing way down. He would have to be catered to and worked around to get the last few morsels that Joe has left in the tank. While I understand that he really wants a chance to win a cup before he retires, I think that Jumbo has waited to long and will pull whoever down with his slowly sinking ship.


I would tend to agree. It’s also worth noting that Thornton, despite his undisputed superstar status in the league, actually has a pretty rocky resume when it comes to the playoffs.

[…] Adrian Dater reported yesterday that Joe Thornton has a short list which includes the Colorado Avalanche, Bruins, Lightning, Stars, and Penguins. In addition, Kevin Kurz spoke with Thornton who finds the prospect of going to a contender very tempting. […]

[…] Adrian Dater berichtete gestern dass Joe Thornton eine kurze Liste hat, die die Colorado Avalanche, Bruins, Lightning, Stars und Penguins enthält. Darüber hinaus sprach Kevin Kurz mit Thornton, der die Aussicht, zu einem Konkurrenten zu gehen, sehr verlockend findet. […]

[…] Adrian Dater reported yesterday that Joe Thornton has a short list which includes the Colorado Avalanche, Bruins, Lightning, Stars, and Penguins. In addition, Kevin Kurz spoke with Thornton who finds the prospect of going to a contender very tempting. […]

[…] Adrian Dater a rapporté hier que Joe Thornton a une courte liste qui comprend l’avalanche du Colorado, les Bruins, la foudre, les étoiles et les pingouins. De plus, Kevin Kurz s’est entretenu avec Thornton qui trouve la perspective d’aller voir un concurrent très tentante. […]

[…] Adrian Dater reported yesterday that Joe Thornton has a brief record which incorporates the Colorado Avalanche, Bruins, Lightning, Stars, and Penguins. As well as, Kevin Kurz spoke with Thornton who finds the prospect of going to a contender very tempting. […]

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