The not-so-Super Joe
One quick muse on Joe Thornton...
With many pundits deriding the trade that sent him out of Boston as the worst in NHL history, I wonder: If Thornton never has playoff success, or merely plays the way he did in the postseason this year, is that deal still that huge of a steal? Isn't a Hart Trophy winning player that disappears in the playoffs basically just a $7-million boat anchor under a salary-cap system?
Also consider this: Brad Stuart was Boston's best defenceman by a mile this year, and he's just 26 years old. He was a phenomenal player in junior hockey — one of the best I saw during my WHL-watching days — and I really wouldn't rule it out that he becomes a bonafide No. 1 defenceman.
Still the worst trade ever made? Worse than Neely-Pederson or Naslund-Stojanov?