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08-02-2009, 12:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Flames Fanatic View Post
Because people never factor in the fact that A. Thanks to Thorton being gone, they had room to sign Chara and B. Thorton has choked his whole career in the playoffs, so how would it have helped Boston anyways.

Its like when the Leafs defend the Kubina trade by saying it was to clear cap room for their signings. Same rule applied for Boston in the end.
It was still a horrible deal. Its absolutely false that getting rid of Thornton allowed them to get Chara. It was the expiring contract of Brian Leetch ($4m), the injury/retirement of Alexei Zhamnov ($4.1m) and the increase in the salary cap (up by $5m) that allowed them the room to sign both Chara and Savard. Thornton was making 6.6m, Sturm, Stuart, and Primeau made 5.6 combined. Wheres the savings?

They not only didn't get any prospects or picks, all 3 of the roster players they got were going to be free agents at the end of the following season. The centerpiece of the whole deal was Brad Stuart, they thought he'd be a #1 defenseman. Didn't work out that way, cost him his job.

That trade set the organization back 2 years.

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