June 20, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Report: Red Wings interested in Sharks captain Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton was second in the NHL in assists last season. (Ezra Shaw / Getty Images)

Detroit — The Red Wings are interested in Sharks center Joe Thornton, according to ESPN NHL columnist Pierre LeBrun.

LeBrun, in a discussion on tsn.ca, said Thornton, 34, wants to remain with San Jose, which in a rebuilding phase.

But LeBrun added the Red Wings are among teams who have called the Sharks inquiring about Thornton’s availability.

Thornton, the Sharks’ captain, signed a three-year extension in January, and the team can’t trade him without his approval. He was second in the NHL in assists last season with 65, trailing only the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (68).