Longtime Sharks center Joe Thornton to pursue Stanley Cup with Maple Leafs

Down Goes Brown 10 other times the Maple Leafs added a veteran Hall of Famer

Down Goes Brown 10 other times the Maple Leafs added a veteran Hall of Famer

While it's unclear how much 41-year-old Joe Thornton can help Toronto in its quest to get past the first round of the playoffs and beyond, it was certainly bound to be a popular signing among the players and around Leafs Nation on Friday night.

In an effort to work off the rust, Thornton is now in Switzerland, and will play games with HC Davos until the National Hockey League returns to play in January.

After being Boston's first overall pick way back in 1997, the London, Ont. native has 1,509 regular season points. He's 14th in career points and seventh in career assists (1,089).

He had 31 points in 70 games for the Sharks last season, skating a career low 15:30 per game on average. The six-time All Star captured both the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Memorial Trophy in 2006.

Internationally, Thornton has represented Canada several times, capturing an Olympic gold medal (2010), two World Cup gold medals (2004, 2016), one gold medal at the 1997 junior championship as well as a Spengler Cup with Davos in 2005.

Thornton is the second Ontario-born veteran to sign a league-minimum deal with the Leafs in this free agency, joining Jason Spezza.

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