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11-15-2012, 02:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
Bruins. Traded Espo away 12 games into the season.


My point from the beginning here has been that for 1/4 of the season Thornton did not play like an MVP. I stand by that.
To be fair, Esposito was 33 years old at that time and was starting a slow decline. I'd still say Orr would have been their "franchise" at that time. They didn't know that he'd practically be out all year and never play there again.

I also think that while the 2004 playoffs may have still stuck with Bruins management it is important to note that Thornton played that series with broken ribs did he not? It's one thing to trade a guy away because he mailed it in during the playoffs and another thing to trade him after he went pointless but was battling a critical injury that makes it hard to breathe.

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