Leave it to the always-affable Joe Thornton to turn mandatory quarantine into a bonding experience.
That’s more or less what played out when Thornton, Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Rasmus Sandin and Mac Hollowell hunkered down together outside Toronto to serve their mandatory 14-day isolation before entering the Leafs’ facilities, a couple weeks that allowed Thornton a smooth transition from his 15-year stint with San Jose.
“To be honest with you, it's been pretty easy,” Thornton told reporters on a Zoom call Monday of joining the Leafs. “I was quarantining with some of the guys for 14 days so I got to know guys right off the hop. I felt comfortable, even though I was in San Jose for so long. The guys really made me feel comfortable here, they got a good staff, and a great group so really I feel at home again.”
And what an impression the 41-year-old Thornton has already made, especially on the Leafs’ younger contingency.