August 17, 2012
Thornton in Switzerland but without contract
By QMI Agency
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.