Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/01/05 at 10:39 AM ET
The shock value of a trade like the Joe Thornton to San Jose trade is pretty unbelievable. We knew that the Boston Bruins were in dire straits. Maybe firing the general manager or the coach wouldn't have surprised anybody. We knew the San Jose Sharks were in dire straits, but what we didn't think was that the Bruins would trade the face of their franchise and their number one overall pick from 1997.more added 9:03am, from the Jackie MacMullan of the Boston Globe,
Thornton was always a polite and accommodating kid. In my limited dealings with him, I found him both likable and respectful. He was neither duplicitous nor difficult. And yet, as I walked away, I couldn't help but feel something was . . . missing. He was too nice. He simply did not exhibit the killer instinct that elevates a very fine player to a feared and invaluable superstar. He should have been a leader, but he never was. He was too laid-back to fit the bill. Obviously the Bruins have come to the same conclusion.more
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