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Couture would be good choice for Sharks captain, Thornton says

Veteran center weighs in on leadership role after agreeing to one-year contract with San Jose

by @NHLdotcom

Logan Couture would be a good choice for next captain of the San Jose Sharks, Joe Thornton said Friday.

"I think so," Thornton said after agreeing to a one-year contract with San Jose. "You have a lot of candidates. You got [Brent Burns], you got Erik [Karlsson], you got Tommy Hertl. I'm probably leaving off some names, but all these guys are great guys, great leaders. I'm sure whoever's going to get it is going to be honored and do a great job for us."


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The Sharks are one of eight NHL teams without a captain after Joe Pavelski left as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Couture has played 10 seasons for San Jose and has been an alternate captain for the past four. He is fourth in Sharks history with 507 points (240 goals, 267 assists).

"I don't know what's going to happen going forward," Couture said in August of replacing Pavelski, a forward who signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars on July 1 after playing his first 13 NHL seasons with the Sharks, the past four as captain. "... Other guys are going to have to step up and fill that void when it comes to leadership and his production on the ice, so we'll see what happens."

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Thornton is the Sharks' all-time leader in assists (780), is second in games (1,034) and points (1,024), and is third in goals (244). He was San Jose captain from 2010-14 and was an alternate captain the past four seasons.

"He's a good friend to all these guys in here," Thornton said of Pavelski. "He was a great captain. We're definitely going to miss him. ... We've got to move on, but he was a great Shark and it was an honor to play with him."

The other NHL teams without a captain are the Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights.

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