Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/30/05 at 02:06 PM ET
When Boston Bruins fans last saw Joe Thornton, the future for their beloved captain looked, well, a little bleak. The Bruins had collapsed in the first round of the 2004 playoffs against an undermanned Montreal Canadiens team, blowing series leads of 2-0 and 3-1 along the way. Thornton had zero points while quietly suffering from a rib injury. He was barely visible on and off the ice, prompting a respected Boston columnist to suggest Thornton cash in the coveted captain's "C." In the offseason, top-scoring linemate Mike Knuble shuffled off to Philadelphia as a free agent, following a long line of top-level Bruins driven from the fold for want of cash. All in all, it looked like Thornton's days in Boston were numbered -- and destined to be played out under a rather ominous cloud. But what a difference a lockout makes.
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