Thornton is expected to miss "several weeks" due to an injury to his right MCL, so this move was nothing but a formality. The Sharks are still waiting for results from Thornton's MRI exam before determining a recovery plan.
Thornton was hurt late in San Jose's overtime loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday. Thornton had undergone surgery this summer for a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.More news: Brewers get Christian Yelich from Marlins
He has a respectable 36 points in 47 games, 18 of which came on the powerplay.
Thornton returned to the Sharks this season on a one year, eight million dollar deal, but his future with the team and in the National Hockey League is uncertain. Thornton's six goals in January are tied for the eighth-most in the league.More news: Domino's delivery driver shot in Newport News
Entering Wednesday, the Sharks held a three-point cushion on the Pacific Division's second playoff spot, which means they'd have home ice advantage in the first round if the postseason began today.More news: Reboots Are Everything Nowadays, Welcome Back Crocodile Dundee
The Sharks (26-14-7) will be back in action Thursday night when they host the New York Rangers (24-20-5).
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