Should Thornton be traded?
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02-24-2013, 06:38 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: San Jose
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As much as I complain about Joe I think I'd actually still be against it unless he requests himself. I don't care for that atmosphere of looking at these guys as nothing more than assets and wanting to pimp them out on the corner for a couple of picks and a shiny new prospect.
As far as I know Joe was blindsided by Boston being sent here but he didn't whine about it, didn't sulk, didn't use it as an excuse to have a bad year. He put his head down and became the first player in the NHL to lead the league in points in a season where he was traded. Always respected that. He brought in some nice hardware on his own as well as bringing in a Rocket for Cheech.
I admire the loyalty of Detroit, they've had some bad moments but they are pretty isolated and for the most part they seem to be pretty good at letting their guys that made an impact go out on their own terms no matter how much people complain and scream about what a waste of a roster spot Draper is or Maltby or Holmstrom.
I'd much rather have that kind of reputation for the Sharks than a leaf like attitude of hating a guy like Sundin for having the nerve of wanting to finish his career in the same sweater instead of not only being whored out but then expected to come limping back in in the morning for another go around so they can trade him out for even more picks the next year.
I don't have a problem with your line of thinking as long as a player will willingly take a lesser role when his skills decline. I actually applaud this line of thinking.
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