Why it was surprising Sharks didn't trade Joe Thornton at deadline

Why it was surprising Sharks didn't trade Joe Thornton at deadline

When the trade deadline dust settled Monday, Joe Thornton still was a member of the Sharks.

San Jose traded Patrick Marleau and Barclay Goodrow, but Jumbo stayed put, despite his comments in recent days that he wouldn't mind playing for a contender. 

Thornton has hinted that while 40 years old, this might not be his final season in the NHL. Perhaps that played a role in him standing pat, assuming the Sharks would like to re-sign him this summer.

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Even had the Sharks traded Thornton, it wouldn't have been a move that would have greatly benefitted the franchise. Rather, it simply would have been to give Thornton a chance to chase the Cup this season.

While Sharks fans are happy Jumbo still will wear teal, NBC Sports California's Brodie Brazil was a bit surprised the veteran wasn't moved and he explains why in the video above. 

Coronavirus: Fourth NHL player tests positive, Sharks connected to all

Coronavirus: Fourth NHL player tests positive, Sharks connected to all

There have now been four NHL players that have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19), and all four cases have a connection to the Sharks.

The Colorado Avalanche announced Saturday that a second member of their team has tested positive for the coronavirus.

"The Colorado Avalanche were advised late last night that a second player has tested positive for COVID-19," the team said in a statement. "The player is in self-isolation. All other Avalanche players, staff and others who might have had close contact with the player have been informed and remain isolated as per prior League direction and are monitoring their health and will be in touch with Club medical staff as necessary."

Saturday's announcement comes two days after the first Avalanche player tested positive, though the unnamed player was said to have since recovered. The two Colorado players to test positive for the coronavirus doubled the NHL's previous total after the Ottawa Senators announced last week that two of their players also had tested positive, the first known instances in the league.

San Jose played its final game before the season was paused on the road, but had a six-game homestand immediately prior to it. The Sharks' final two opponents on that homestand? The Senators on March 7 and the Avalanche on March 8.

On March 21, Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced that none of their players had shown any symptoms of the coronavirus, and none had been tested as a result. However, the franchise did announce on March 12 that a part-time employee at SAP Center had tested positive, having last worked a game at the arena on March 3.

[RELATED: Couture buys Peloton to stay in shape during virus stoppage]

The NHL season was indefinitely paused on March 12. On Wednesday, the league announced that the 2020 NHL Draft, along with the scouting combine and Bridgestone NHL Awards have also been postponed, with new dates yet to be finalized.

Sharks' Logan Couture buys Peloton to stay in shape during coronavirus halt

Sharks' Logan Couture buys Peloton to stay in shape during coronavirus halt

The first rule of quarantine is simple. If you want to exercise and can't leave your house, buy a Peloton.

With the NBA, NHL and MLB all paused or delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Bay Area's best have been finding ways to keep busy.

For Sharks captain Logan Couture, that hasn't amounted to a lot of physical activity during the shelter-in-place order.

During an NHL Zoom conference call with Marc-Andre Fleury, Anze Kopitar and Ryan Getzlaf, the Sharks forward said he and his girlfriend are hunkered down in the South Bay and have been reading and binge-watching shows. But he's working to change that, so he ordered a Peloton exercise bike which is slated to arrive Saturday.

“Ordered it 10 days ago and it’s supposed to arrive Saturday," Couture said. “I’m looking forward to that.”

Couture missed the last game the Sharks played due to a concussion from taking a puck to the jaw, but he says he's feeling better now.

He hopes the Peloton can help get his fitness back to where he would like it to be.

“I haven’t been able to do much in terms of exercise," Couture said. “I’ve tried to stay home as much as possible — working on body-weight stuff — I’m not in the best shape.”

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Hopefully, the Peloton arrived on time.