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Joe Thornton
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Joe Thornton

Center (current age: 31)

If San Jose doesn't keep him, Jumbo Joe will be the biggest name in the free agent pool. But if he and the Sharks continue to underachieve in the postseason, he'll come with the baggage that has dogged him for years: a reputation for coming up small in big games or series. During the 2010 playoffs, he scored three goals and 12 points in 15 games and was minus-11.

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