Swiss Report Inacurate
NHL superstar Joe Thornton is focused on preparing for the upcoming season. In the NHL that is.
A recent report out of Switzerland has Thornton along with Rangers forward Rick Nash playing in the Swiss League in the event there's an extended NHL lockout.
Sources close to Thornton tell me the 33 year-old just returned from Switzerland where he routinely trains in the summer. Thornton played for Davos during the 2004 lockout and has a home up in the Alps. Not a bad place to train/vacation at the same time.
Thornton's agent and brother, John Thornton, tells me he has no plans of playing professionally in Europe and any report suggesting otherwise is untrue.
Nash's agent Joe Resnick also squashed the rumor of his player playing overseas in a report given to TSN.
Part of Thornton's training regimen includes skating with Davos which he began doing in late July before returning to San Jose yesterday. This summer Thornton invited Detroit Red Wings forward Cory Emmerton along with him as the two come from the same hometown in St. Thomas, Ontario. Both players employ the same trainer, Scott Paton, who also spent the last several days in Switzerland.
For now John Thornton says his brother has plenty of faith in NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and his ability to hammer out a new CBA.
It’s easy to connect the dots between Thornton and Davos considering he has a home there and his wife is from Switzerland.
Still it’s too early to speculate on North American NHL players looking to play in Europe this season. If a lockout spills over into late November or December you’ll hear of several guys exploring all options. For now most remain focused on playing in the NHL.
More to come,
The Latest Truth
Post about tonight's Isles-Blues game with your fellow TrueHockey.com fans. Read more
Berglund Says He's Full of Confidence
Post about tonight's Blues-Kings game with your fellow TrueHockey.com fans. Read more
Blues Look to Rebound in LA
Post about this afternoon's Blues-Sharks game with your fellow TrueHockey.com fans. Read more
Post about tonight's Blues-Avs game with your fellow TrueHockey.com fans. Read more
Post about tonight's Wild/Blues game with your fellow TrueHockey.com fans. Read more