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11-14-2012, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
Like I mentioned before, 33 points placed Thornton out of the top 10 at that point in scoring. So many Power Plays early on that season made for a temporary scoring bonanza.
Seriously though that pace in Boston is good for 117 points over a whole season which is 11 more than the number 3 scorer that year.

There is too much "Thorton was the entire problem in Boston" going on in some minds here IMO.

Seriously, you're a Bruins fan. Did the Joe Thornton that was winning the Art Ross Trophy with San Jose that year look anything like the half-hearted Joe in Boston? I think being the only player ever to win a Hart Trophy in a year he was traded says more about Thornton than O'Connell.
And how many players that ever finished in top 10 Hart voting got traded during the season?

I don't have to look it up to know that it is less than a dozen, probably quite a bit less, that trade says more about the management in Boston at the time than Joe.

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