Thornton has until Monday
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.
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.
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