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11-15-2012, 06:03 PM
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Dennis Bonvie
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Originally Posted by Big Phil View Post
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.
To be fair, Espo had 127 points the season before, 2nd in the league and had 61 goals, easily leading the league.

The Bruins didn't trade Thornton because of the 2004 playoffs, they traded him because of his performance that season.

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