Thornton has until Monday

8/10/2005 - NHL Joe Thornton Boston Bruins + more

The Boston Bruins are hoping that their star player will say yes the second time around.

Citing an industry source, The Boston Herald reported Wednesday that the Bruins have offered Joe Thornton a five-year deal worth $32.5 million.

GM Mike O'Connell and Thornton's agent both refused to confirm on the report.

"We've talked and that's just where we're at," O'Connell told The Herald. "I'm not going to discuss what we've done or what we haven't done, but we've been talking and hopefully we can reach a conclusion."

Said agent J.P. Barry: "We're just talking and I'll leave it at that. We still have a lot of issues to overcome and that's why we have been talking every day."

Last week, the Bruins are believed to have offered Thornton a five-year deal around $25 million.

Thornton has until Monday to take the offer, the deadline for when qualifying offers expire. If he doesnt' take what is on the table now, Thornton will sign his qualifying offer of $5.13 million and will become an unrestricted free agent after the 2005-06 season. Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Boston would not be able to negotiate with Thornton again until January 2006.