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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.”

Eastern Conference

Lightning Shopping Slater Koekkoek

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are shopping defenseman, and former first round pick, Slater Koekkoek, according to SportsNet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Tampa Bay is now motivated to trade away their once prized prospect, who is currently playing with the Syracuse Crunch on a conditioning stint.

Koekkoek is waiver eligible and will become a restricted free agent with arbitration rights in the summer of 2019.

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Dallas Expected to Host 2020 Winter Classic

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The city of Dallas is expected to be announced as the host of the 2020 Winter Classic outdoor game, according to Sportsnet’s John Shannon.

While the Dallas Stars will be one of the teams playing in the annual game, the report indicates that the team they will be facing is not known at this time.

An announcement is expected tomorrow.

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Eastern Conference

Lightning Discussing Extension for Jon Cooper

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The Tampa Bay Lightning are making progress on a long-term contract extension for head coach Jon Cooper, according to The Athletic’s Joe Smith.

Tampa Bay has a number of players set to hit unrestricted free agency in 2019 and Cooper is in the final year of his contract, and Cooper has been a big success in Tampa Bay.

During Cooper’s stint, the Lightning have reached the Eastern Conference Final three times.

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