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via Sportsnet,
In an effort to shake up their struggling franchise, the Boston Bruins have dealt away their star player. Sportsnet has learned the San Jose Sharks have traded Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau to Boston for Joe Thornton.
update 10:03pm, via TSN,
Thornton was a restrcited free agent and signed a 3-year, $20 million deal with the Bruins and is scheduled to make $6.66 million this season. Sturm is making $2 million this season, Stuart $1.9 million and Primeau $1.1 million.
update 10:19pm, via Slam,
Thornton, 26, is a three-time all-star who had nine goals and 24 assists in 23 games this season for the Bruins. The six-foot-four, 223-pound power forward is due to make $6.66 million US this year. "He is a leader who scores points and makes other players around him better," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "To get a player of this calibre, you have to give up something to get something. You would make this trade last month, this month or next year. It follows our philosophy of making our team better for this year and next year."
via the Boston Bruins,
The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Brad Stuart and forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Joe Thornton, it was announced tonight by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. All three players are expected in the Boston lineup Thursday night when the Bruins host the Ottawa Senators at TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00 p.m. More to come...
update 10:25pm, via the San Jose Sharks,
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson pulled off maybe the biggest trade in Sharks history Wednesday night when he acquired perennial All-Star center Joe Thornton from the Boston Bruins. The transaction came with a price as San Jose moved wingers Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau, along with defenseman Brad Stuart. However when all is said and done, the best player landed in the Bay Area.
more update 10:33pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In Thornton, the Sharks received the player chosen first overall in the 1997 entry draft, just ahead of Patrick Marleau, their top scorer. The two are virtually mirror images of one another in terms of size and scoring ability and immediately give the Sharks one of the best one-two punches down the middle of any team in the NHL.
read on update 10:45pm, from the Mercury News,
"This is a dominant player in the league," Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said. "We're excited to get him. But Boston is getting very good players who are great people that have done wonderful things for this organization. I have very, very mixed emotions right now. But it's not often that a player like Joe Thornton becomes available. "As I've always said, we're looking for people at the right age that fit, and our goal is to win the championship. I know Boston is getting players that will help them accomplish the same thing."
continued update 11:03pm, The Sharks will have a press conference with Thornton participating by phone at about 11:15pm EST. tonight. I am sure PJ at Sharks Page will be covering this throughout the night, while Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan is still in shock. update 11:08pm, from the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose is struggling to find goals right now, but the addition of Thornton will provide some much needed relief. Plus Thornton knows what the Sharks lineup can do when they have everything rolling. “I watched them in the playoffs last year,” said Thornton. “They are a great team with great goaltending.” The combination of Thornton and Marleau could give the Sharks the NHL’s best one-two combination up the middle. “I’ve known Patty a long time,” said Thornton. “I think the world of him as a person and a hockey player. Hopefully it will be a good combination.” “It’s tough never playing anywhere but Boston, but I know Patty (Marleau), Hannan and obviously Scott is there,” said Thornton. “It is tough, but it is exciting. A couple of guys have come over tonight and they’ve been traded two to three times. They told me I’m lucky this is my first time.”
update 11:30pm, Goodnight!!! (will open wmp audio)

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