Jumbo Joe reveals why he chose the Panthers

Published August 13, 2021 at 4:56 PM

Here is what he said:

"Well, I watched the playoffs last year, Florida-Tampa (Bay Lightning), and it was a great series and I love their team and it left a big impression on me," Thornton said. "I talked to (Panthers general manager) Bill (Zito), I talked to 'Lou' (special adviser Roberto Luongo), I talked to (coach) Joel Quenneville, and they were just so excited about their team, what they're building down there, and just thought I'd be a great fit with this group. My family was behind me, I have two young kids who are on board in meeting the players and they're excited. But talking with Bill, Lou and Joel, it was an easy decision after that."

"I see their team on paper, I watched their team last year, I love their team and that's it," Thornton said. "I love what they're building and excited to be part of it. But everything is about ultimately winning the Stanley Cup and the Panthers are right there, in my opinion."

In my opinion, Joe should of just retired instead of trying to keep up with these young kids. He is a true legend and a hall of farmer, but it's time my friend to hang the skates.

August 13   |   173 answers
Jumbo Joe reveals why he chose the Panthers

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