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Thornton in Switzerland but without contract

San Jose Sharks' centre Joe Thornton celebrates his second period goal against the St. Louis Blues...

San Jose Sharks' centre Joe Thornton celebrates his second period goal against the St. Louis Blues with teammate Colin White (5) during their NHL Western Conference quarterfinal playoff hockey game in St. Louis, Missouri April 21, 2012. (REUTERS)

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Joe Thornton's wife is Swiss and they have a house in Switzerland, but the San Jose Sharks centre denies, through his agent, that he has agreed to play for HC Davos in case of an NHL labour shutdown.

A report originating in Switzerland said both Thornton and Rick Nash of the New York Rangers had agreed to return to the Swiss team they played for during the 2004-05 lockout.

"Hasn't even crossed his mind to play anywhere other than S.J.," Thornton's agent and brother, John Thornton, told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He was in Davos training and skating with HC Davos this past month, but that has been his summer routine since he played for them in the 2004-05 season."

Nash's agent also has denied that a deal has been finalized.


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