Joe Thornton will have a big impact on the Toronto Maple Leafs this season, according to the general manager of his Swiss League team.
"[The Maple Leafs] know exactly what they bought with him," Raeto Raffainer, GM of HC Davos, told Sportsnet in a story published Thursday. "The fire in his eyes and his whole body to win something is going to be huge. And he will help this organization (Toronto) to win, that's for sure."
Thornton, who signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Maple Leafs on Oct. 16, has been playing for HC Davos of the Swiss National League to prepare for the 2020-21 NHL season, which is targeted to begin Jan. 1, 2021.
Toronto has not advanced past the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2004. It lost the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers in five games to the Columbus Blue Jackets last season after it was eliminated from the Eastern Conference First Round the previous three seasons.