In this edition of San Jose Sharks News & Rumors, there is speculation that Joe Thornton will return to the organization, although what role he will have remains unclear. In other news, Erik Karlsson has let it be known that despite the team’s struggles over the past few seasons, he has no intention of asking for a trade. Meanwhile, free agent Scott Harrington recently accepted a professional tryout (PTO) offer for training camp later this month. Finally, the Sharks will reveal their new jerseys this Wednesday.
Thornton could return to the Sharks organization
After officially cutting ties with the Florida Panthers over a week ago, it has emerged that Thornton’s playing days, at least at the NHL level, are officially over. Although this may very well still be the case, The Athletic’s Corey Masisak recently tweeted that the 43-year-old and his family recently returned to San Jose and, on top of that, were spotted skating with Sharks players a few times this month.
Masisak went on to say that a Sharks source told him that currently Thornton does not have an official role with the organization. That, however, doesn’t mean he won’t at some point in the future, either as a player or perhaps in a front office role. With just five goals and 10 points in 34 games last season as a Panther, it’s clear he doesn’t have much more to give, but with the Sharks likely to struggle in 2022-23, bringing him back as well as his leadership for one more year may make some sense. Expect to hear more about this situation closer to training camp.
Karlsson not looking to ask for a trade
By trading Brent Burns to the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this offseason, it became pretty obvious that the Sharks are headed for a rebuild. Due to their management, there had been rumors that Karlsson might be looking to request a trade in order to be part of a team that aspires to the Stanley Cup. According to the 32-year-old himself, however, that’s not part of the plan.
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“No, I signed up here a long time ago,” Karlsson said. “It didn’t work out the way we wanted at first. There are a lot of things that probably played into that. I won’t go into detail on this, but I’m excited for the future here now. I hope we can move forward in the direction of success again. Will it be this year? I mean, who knows? But I think something good can come out of here.
While Karlsson’s commitment to the organization is admirable, management would probably hit him in a heartbeat if it were that simple. He’s still a good NHL player, but a far cry from the $11.5 million player he’s paid for. The Sharks should be hoping he can return to his old Norris Trophy playing days if they have a chance of being able to trade him and his lucrative contract in the future.
Harrington signs a PTO
The Sharks announced last Friday that they have signed Harrington to a PTO for training camp later this month. The 29-year-old defenseman has recorded 210 career games at the NHL level, along with 14 more in the playoffs. In his 210 regular season games, he scored seven goals and 38 points along with 77 penalty minutes.
Harrington spent the majority of the 2021-22 season in the American Hockey League with the Cleveland Monsters. In 50 games, he scored three goals and seven points. He was also able to play seven games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in which he recorded just one assist. With Nikolai Knyzhov having torn his Achilles earlier this summer, coupled with the uncertainty surrounding Radim Simek’s future with the team, Harrington may be able to earn a cheap one-year contract if he performs well. at the camp.
Sharks set to liberate New Jersey
According to Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now, the Sharks will unveil their new jerseys next Wednesday. These shirts have been the subject of speculation for the past few weeks and were reportedly recently leaked on Twitter.
Peng mentioned in a post that San Jose Hockey Now understands the reveal will be a full jersey, which will also include the colors of the pants. It should be noted, however, that these uniforms are not expected to be worn by the team this season and will instead be released in 2023-24.
Forward for the sharks
There had been speculation that the Sharks might be looking to add a defender to the mix, and it appears they did so by signing Harrington to a PTO. While another PTO both in the rear or possibly in the front remains a possibility, the biggest thing to watch right now is the speculation surrounding Thornton. It might turn out to be nothing, but the fact that he has been spotted at the rink several times suggests that something is brewing on that front.
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