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11-14-2012, 04:57 PM
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Am I incorrect in saying that with Boston management, even though the lockout made it a seemingly distant memory, Joe Thornton's 2004 playoff performance vs. Montreal was a factor as well. When they watched Joe play and went, "this is who we're building our franchise around?" after he lost that crucial draw to Madden and then when they peaked in the rearview mirror and saw that performance (though injured, as I recall) against Montreal and realized that some objects are closer than they appear, they decided to cut bait...
You are correct, a lot was made of that playoff in Boston.
I'm not sure, but I think they signed him to a 5 year deal during the lockout. They probably thought, "we put our faith in him, and this is how he responds?"
I can honestly say I was hoping they would trade him at that point. But I was also expecting a much better return. What they got back was just ridiculous.
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