Joe Thornton is staying sharp overseas while mulling his next move in the NHL.
The 41-year-old has joined HC Davos of the National League in Switzerland and will suit up for the club Saturday.
Thornton still has a desire to return for a 23rd NHL season; he will remain with Davos to prepare for the upcoming campaign, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. The NHL has targeted Jan. 1 as a potential starting date for the 2020-21 season, and Thornton hasn't played a game since the San Jose Sharks' last contest on March 11.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Thornton reportedly have mutual interest in a potential agreement. The future Hall of Famer has spent the last 15 seasons with the Sharks and contributed seven goals and 24 assists over 70 games in 2019-20.
The signing marks Thornton's third stint with HC Davos. He played with the club during the NHL lockouts in 2004-05 and 2012-13, helping the club win a championship in 2005 while leading that postseason in scoring.