Just five games into his Toronto Maple Leafs career, former Sharks legend Joe Thornton will miss some time after sustaining an injury Wednesday night.
Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe told reporters Friday that Thornton has a rib fracture and will miss at least four weeks.
The injury occurred during Toronto's 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. With a little under three minutes remaining in the final period, Thornton took a hit from forward Josh Archibald and appeared to sustain an either arm or wrist injury.
Television cameras captured Thornton hunched over and in pain while skating off the ice.
Thornton played in all 70 games for the Sharks last season, posting seven goals and 31 points. After spending his previous 15 season with San Jose, Thornton joined Toronto after signing a one-year deal with the Maple Leafs in the offseason. He scored his first goal with Toronto in its 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
In his 25-year career, Thornton has managed to avoid most long-term injuries. His last came in 2017, when he appeared in just 47 games with a knee injury. The Maple Leafs -- and Sharks fans -- will hope this continues to be the case.