Leafs sign Thornton to one-year deal

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The Toronto Maple Leafs say they have signed forward Joe Thornton to a one-year contract worth $700,000.

Thornton's been in the NHL since 1997, starting his career with the Boston Bruins, and spending most of his career with the San Jose Sharks.

When he was younger, Thornton played for the OHL's Soo Greyhounds.

Thornton grew up in St. Thomas, Ont., south of London.