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05-15-2012, 04:40 PM
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Joe Thornton, is a great centre one of the true number 1's in the league, but at 32, for how long? It would be a gamble on Burke's part Joe may not like the pressure in Toronto and may want out and not perform(see Tim Connolly, Kris Versteeg or Alex Steen or guys like Brad Richards who listened but only half heartedly)
This is why the 2012 first isn't available, they could work out something around a 1st rnd pick if the Leafs win a cup while he's still signed to San Jose paper, if the Leafs don't win a cup with him then the first comes off the table. If the Leafs re-sign him then a conditional 2nd and 3rd are handed over
He carries two more years on his contract at a cap hit of 7m another reason why the first is not available, in this San Jose would need to take back salary to be sure
Lombardi or Armstrong(1yr respectively) + Komisarek(2yrs left) + that conditional 1st or 2nd+3rd + any 2 of Blacker, D'amigo or Colborne
Joe would only be traded if he wants to leave or Wilson feels he can no longer win with the line-up the way it is
Joe Thornton blows all of the guys you listed out of the water. And he's done a lot of maturing and growing up since he left Boston.
I'm okay with taking back salary, but not two cap dumps and a conditional pick and two B prospects. Not happening.
Bottom line is, if the Sharks trade Joe, they need the potential for elite talent to be coming back. That's why Toronto's first this season has to be part of the deal. I know everyone likes to call Joe declining and whatever, but his style of play will be effective for 8-10 more years. He hasn't had injury issues in a long time and he doesn't rely on physical gifts that decline with age to play at an elite level.
If Joe is traded, it's for a Jeff Carter return and then some.
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