According to a statement by Davos, translated from German by Sportsnet using Google Translate, Thornton will return to North America when the 2020-2021 NHL season resumes.
“Due to the currently tense economic situation at Hockey Club Davos, Joe Thornton has agreed that any modest compensation can only be made next season,” the statement read.
Thornton, who holds a Swiss passport, has been training in Davos since July. He played for the club in the last two NHL lockouts and has scored 22 goals and 90 points in 73 career NHL games.
“It is a great honor that Joe has chosen to appear for HCD for the third time in his incredible career,” Davos coach Raeto Raffainer said in a translated statement. “And what I’ve seen of him in training, he’s absolutely capable of helping our team in sport. His kickoff, puck control and passing quality are still at an extremely high level. It will be a great pleasure for all hockey fans. to see him again playing on Swiss ice. ”
The 41-year-old is currently an unrestricted free agent in the NHL. While a return to the San Jose Sharks, with whom he has played for 15 years, is possible, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Freidman reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs are also interested in adding the St. Thomas, Ont. Native.
“Hearing that several Maple Leafs personally encouraged Joe Thornton to come to Toronto. The court is on and the interest is real, ”Friedman wrote in his latest blog, 31 Thoughts. “But one thing I’ve always been told about the future Hall of Famer: don’t underestimate their loyalty to San Jose. “