UPDATE (3:10 p.m. ET): Joe Thornton isn't going to a contender, after all.
The San Jose Sharks declined to move the veteran forward ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline, per TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Joe Thornton is staying put in San Jose— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 24, 2020
Thornton reportedly had interest from several teams -- including his former club, the Boston Bruins -- ahead of the deadline.
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The Boston Bruins have hours remaining to make a deal before Monday's 3 p.m. ET NHL trade deadline.
And a reunion with Joe Thornton seemingly is still on the table.
According to Sportsnet's Eric Engels, the veteran San Jose Sharks winger remains on the Bruins' radar ahead of the deadline. But Engels reports there are other targets Boston covets more, although the club isn't willing to deal another first-round pick.
On Joe Thornton, the Boston Bruins hold him in high regard but they have some other targets ahead of him on their list. We'll see what develops, but what's clear about them is two things: They don't intend to spend a 1st on a rental, and they're not done trading. #SNTrade— Eric Engels (@EricEngels) February 24, 2020
The Bruins already made a splash by acquiring winger Ondrej Kase from the Anaheim Ducks for a 2020 first-rounder and prospect Axel Andersson.
Engels suggests general manager Don Sweeney and Co. have another move to make, however.
Our Joe Haggerty laid out Boston's case to swing another trade Monday morning and also views Thornton as an intriguing option for the Bruins.
The 40-year-old forward spent his first eight seasons with the B's, and while he hasn't been very productive this season (27 points on four goals and 23 assists), he could provide valuable leadership for a deep Stanley Cup Playoff run.
The Bruins still have all of their future draft picks with the exception of their 2020 first- and fourth-rounders and intriguing prospects like Jack Studnicka and Urho Vaakanainen, so there's plenty in Sweeney's arsenal if he wants to improve the NHL's current best team before 3 p.m. ET.
Don't miss NBC Sports Boston's coverage of the NHL trade deadline. This Monday at 2:30 p.m., stream the 2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show on the MyTeams app and on NBCSportsBoston.com.