San Jose Sharks veteran forward Joe Thornton has been diagnosed with an MCL injury and is now expected to miss several weeks of action. Some optimistic people could say that it is great timing for the Californian team as the trade deadline is just a few weeks away, however, the Sharks general manager's response might disappoint them.
GM Doug Wilson has revealed that he doesn’t expect Thornton's injury to impact their plans before Feb. 26.
“We’ll process it. Probably not,” Wilson said told the Mercury News when asked if Thornton’s injury would impact his decision making ahead of the trade deadline.
However, fans should not fret because there is always hope as the general manager did leave the door slightly open for a move.
“But don’t hold me to that. You never know what becomes available as you go forward.”
The San Jose Mercury News reported earlier this month that Wilson had set his sights on a fourth-line centre, to add depth up front. However, the coaching will try some inside moves before as head coach Peter DeBoer said Wednesday he may choose move Joe Pavelski from right wing to centre on the team’s top line to keep Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture together on the second line.
If not, the Sharks will have time to revaluate their position during the All-Star break.