Jumbo Joe is a Toronto Maple Leaf

Joe Thornton is a Toronto Maple Leaf, at least, according to the Leafs.

We’ve got a JUMBO announcement
Joe Thornton has signed a one-year contract! #LeafsForever
Details: https://t.co/ZfHrvgA7FB pic.twitter.com/GLKDyXfvNb
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) October 16, 2020

According to Chris Johnston, he has taken the Jason Spezza route and signed for league minimum.

Joe Thornton’s contract with the #leafs includes no 35-plus performance bonuses. He signed just for the league minimum salary: $700,000.
Big help for Toronto’s cap situation.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 16, 2020

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Leafs target Joe Thornton signs with HC Davos

After weeks of anticipation, Joe Thornton has signed with a pro hockey team! It’s just not with the Leafs or the Sharks.

HC Davos confirms that Joe Thornton has rejoined the team. He’ll use the time in the Swiss league to prepare for his 23rd NHL season.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) October 15, 2020

Throughout the offseason, Thornton has been training in Switzerland where he lives during the offseason. Given that it has been over seven months since he last played an NHL game and he has intentions of returning for another year, it makes sense why he’s chosen to play in the National League.
It’s not Thornton’s first time suiting up for HC Davos as he’s played for the team during both the 2004 and 2012 lockouts. He’s recorded a combined 22 goals, 68 assists, and 90 points in 73 games.
In 70 games last season with the Sharks, he recorded seven goals, 24 assists, and 31 points.
Toronto is tight on cap space at the time of writing this post, so signing Thornton likely means someone else will be on the move in the coming days/weeks.

Good Idea/Bad Idea: Joe Thornton to the Leafs?

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Trent Thornton and taking the next step

Trent Thornton was announced this week as the Blue Jays fourth starter. He was the Blue Jays only reliable starter last season, throwing 154.1 innings over 29 starts. The results were a mixed bag with a 4.84 ERA, 4.59 FIP and 4.94xFIP.
Thornton has a bit of a funky delivery which made repeating his mechanics difficult and caused inconsistencies in his release point.

No pitcher is going to have a perfect release point every time, but Thorton’s range here is a lot larger than most pitchers. For comparison here are a few Blue Jays right-handers: Chase Anderson, Sam Gaviglio, Tanner Roark.
No one is going to release the ball from the exact same spot every time. You can see with each of these pitchers there is variance but none of them have the same vertical range that Thornton does.
This inconsistency has caused a problem for Thorton as he is essentially tipping his pitches.
Look at Thornton’s release points again. There is plenty of yellow and blue near the top, indicating breaking ball and pink much lower for the fastball. It’s a subtle difference but one major league hitters can certainly pick up. The results speak for themselves. …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation