10/9/17 | Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers and Thornton had "several productive conversations" before Thornton decided to return to the Sharks on a one-year deal. (NY Post)
Brooks adds that Thornton would be a good fit for the Rangers at the trade deadline if certain things, SJ deciding to sell and the Rangers finding a way to take on the cap hit, fell into place. (NY Post)
Marleau signed a three-year deal with Toronto with a cap hit of $6.25 million.
It was reported that the Rangers were out on both Thornton and Marleau following the signing of Kevin Shattenkirk.
Adam Rotter: Thornton always made more sense than Marleau as an individual but the pair would have been interesting if they signed one-year deals. Had the Rangers lost out on Shattenkirk it would be been interesting to see if they would have maybe gone to two-years for each in an effort to bolster the depth up front. That kind of commitment though would have hurt the Rangers effort to rebuild on defense, which was always priority number one.