3/22/15 | 7:48AM: The belief last summer was that the only place Thornton “may” accept a trade to was the Rangers. (Ottawa Sun)
He has a full-no move clause as part of his contract.
4:04PM: On Hockey Central at Noon today, Doug MacLean said “it seems at this particular time Joe Thornton only wants to go to New York, that was the scuttlebut and maybe it will change as the days go on.”
Nick Kypreos said, “Joe is interesting because he just signed that three-year extension, there is some talk that Wilson told him that he isn’t going anywhere and then maybe he found out he was being shopped and now is the push to move him, obviously it is. If it’s not Joe it has to be Marleau. You will have to get some significant top-six pieces back.”
Kypreos added, “I look at Joe and at this point in his career I put him into that Iginla category where you don’t want him to come into your team right now. The last thing that Joe needs is to step into a lineup next year and be “the guy.” He needs an Iginla situation and St. Louis would be pretty good for him. St. Louis needs to get bigger. They can’t compete with just Backes. Joe can still get 50 assists and still score you almost a point of game and is one of the best passers in the game.”
MacLean said, “In New York he would have to be the guy because you have Stepan who is a good number two, Brassard who is a really good number three and Moore who is a UFA so their center ice needs some reworking with Richards and Moore probably good and Joe would be a good fit because of his history with Rick.”