Jumbo Joe would be a great addition to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He is capable of being a number one centre, but with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin already filling our #1 and #2 spots, he could be the best third line centre in the league.
The problem though is his age and his contract. Thornton is 37 years old and will surely be looking to sign a three year contract. At his age, he is only declining, and the last thing we would want on our hands is a bad contract. If we can get him for one year, he would be an ideal addition to our team.
He is still chasing his first Stanley Cup championship. We can bring that to him. Perhaps this could intrigue him to take a discount. Either way, it doesn’t look too promising that Thornton can be a Penguin.