6/28/17 | 5:57PM: Darren Dreger says that while the Rangers have interest in Thornton, they won't go to three-years for him. (Nichols)
6/27/17 | Darren Dreger said Tuesday morning on TSN 690 Montreal that "one of my New York Ranger sources on the draft floor said that they would kick tires on Joe Thornton.
6/26/17 | Larry Brooks writes that it isn't known if Joe Thornton would have interest in joining the Rangers on a one-year deal, but that Jeff Gorton may check in on him. (NY Post)
Thornton reportedly wants another three-year deal in his next contract and Bob McKenzie said during the draft on Friday that he expects Thornton to stay in San Jose.
Thornton is currently recovering from MCL and ACL surgery and turns 38 this coming weekend.
He has reportedly been receiving a lot of interest from teams throughout the league since the window for teams to talk to pending UFAs opened yesterday.
Adam Rotter: The last time the Rangers brought in a close to 40 year old UFA from San Jose, Dan Boyle, things didn't work out as well as planned. Dan Boyle was only on a two-year deal and that was too much for the Rangers, so I don't think they will go anywhere near Joe Thornton unless it's for a one-year deal only. Thornton can still produce, though his numbers did drop last season, but he's a proven performer, has had solid playoff performances and can win faceoffs. He would seem like a nice fit but only on a one-year deal. It's likely that even despite his age and coming off of major surgeries that he will get at least 2 years from someone, maybe 3, but that team shouldn't be the Rangers.