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Thornton has torn ACL, future unclear

San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton watches play during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Before Joe Thornton heads into an uncertain offseason where he could be a free agent and leave San Jose after nearly 12 years, he had more pressing business.

Thornton underwent surgery on a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee Monday to repair an injury that sidelined him less than two weeks before he returned to play the final four games of a first-round series loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

"I've been in this business a long time," general manager Doug Wilson said. "You see a player play with that type of injury tells you all you need to know about him."

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