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Joe Thornton Wants To Return To Sharks

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San Jose Sharks veteran forward Joe Thornton says he is willing to be open to some concessions in order to return to the team next season.

Thornton, 38, is dedicated to remaining a Shark.

“I want to come back, and I’m sure we’ll try to work something out. It’s no secret I’m a Shark,” Thornton said on Tuesday (h/t NHL.com).

“I bleed teal, and I want to come back. I know I’m going to be healthy when I come back, so I’m sure we can figure something out, but I want to come back.”

Thornton signed a one-year, $8-million deal with the Sharks last last summer and is looking at doing the same this offseason, if that’s what it takes to return.

“Yeah, I’m comfortable signing one-year deals, and it’s fine.”

Thornton also wants the Sharks to be able to target big names in free agency, and says that he is willing to take less money if it allows San Jose to do so.

“Absolutely, there’s enough money around for everybody … I want this team ultimately to win the Stanley Cup,” he said. “This city deserves it and these guys deserve it, so whatever we decide, (what’s) going to be in the back of my head is just making this team better.”

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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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