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Sharks’ Joe Thornton Could Return This Season

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The San Jose Sharks could get center Joe Thornton back this season, San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said on Thursday, per the Athletic.

“I would never count him out,” Wilson said. “You saw what happened last year. He just follows his own script. He knows his body better than anybody with what he went through last year. The next milestone will be when he gets back skating, and we’ll get a read from there.”

Thornton had arthroscopic surgery to repair the medial collateral ligament in his right knee back on January 25th. Thornton has scored 13 goals and 23 assists in 47 games for San Jose this season.

“All I can say is what we went through with him last year, he just does things in a way that I’ve never seen an athlete do,” Wilson stated. “There are no guidelines that I think he adheres to.”

Edmonton Oilers

Oilers’ Zack Kassian Wants to Remain with Team

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Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian had reportedly requested a trade from the team recently, in an effort to get more playing time, but is now clarifying what had happened and is stating that he prefers to stay with the team moving forward.

According to TSN’s Ryan Rishaug, Kassian sayss that he didn’t directly ask for a trade, explaining that his agent spoke with the Oilers front office about potential interest from other teams, and Kassian has since told teammates that he wants to remain in Edmonton.

The Oilers have scratched Kassian several times this season and his playing time has dipped significantly, but he was back in the lineup on Sunday when he scored his first goal of the season in less than 10 minutes of playing time.

 

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Dallas Stars

Stars Looking to Sign Tyler Seguin To Extension Next Summer

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The Dallas Stars are looking towards next summer as the time to work out a long-term contract extension with Tyler Seguin, who is entering the final year of his current six-year, $34.5-million contract.

Seguin, 26, was eligible to ink a new deal on July 1st.

“I hope so,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said, according to Stars team reporter Mark Stepneski. “But I think I have mentioned from Day 1 that I don’t want people to panic if he is not signed when the season starts.

“I think the biggest thing is we need to have a good season – get off to a good start. I hope he is signed by then, but I know if he isn’t, we’ll get a good year out of him and go from there. But like I said, I am hopeful we can get it done. We’ll have to see.”

Seguin had a solid season last year for the Stars, posting a team-leading 40 goals, to go along with 78 points, which was second on the team.

“There are a lot of different things that go into this. There are signing bonuses, lockout protections,” Nill added. “There are a lot of different angles to these negotiations that come into play. We’re just continuing the dialogue and going from there.”

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Minnesota Wild

Wild Expected To Sign Greg Pateryn

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The Minnesota Wild are expected to sign sign defenseman Greg Pateryn, according to a report from Larry Brooks of the New York Post .

Pateryn is coming off a career year with the Dallas Stars which saw the 28-year old set career highs in games played (73), points (13), and ATOI (19:37).

Pateryn was second on the Stars in blocked shots with 155 which is a career best as well.

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