At this point in time… (For example-IE) The Bruins are not going to trade Leetch right now unless they get lots in return because they are still “mathmatically” in a playoff hunt. But, as soon as it becomes clear the Bruins futility in making the playoffs this year… The Bruins would be really fortunate to be able to get anything for Leetch. Who is a 37 year old free agent to be. If the Bruins trade Leetch to the Rangers “now” they could get a good player in return. If they wait till the deadline? Boston will be lucky to get their minor league goon-Orr back in return for Leetch! Oh boy, I cant wait for the salary dumps. Good skilled players moving around the league to any team that could afford them. And why not? It wont cost ya any good players.
I wouldnt say they are any better. I dont follow the Bruins enough to know- but I would not say they are any worse.
Will this deal make the Bruins better in 2 years, 5 years?
Yes it does. You have now allowed Bergeron and Boyes to get their ice time to grow as players and we all know Stuart and Boynton will be #1 and #2 after Leetch leaves after this season or next. And lastly, we cant forget about Sturm and that now the Bruins lineup has a bit more consistency and depth instead of depending on the Thornton line to get all the goals.
Does this deal make the Sharks a better team now?
Offensively…yes. Defensively…no. They now have absolutely no depth in D. Only time will tell but again I think it balances. In the long term it may help the Sharks but Thornton will do better now that he is out of Boston.
Lastly, and dont get me wrong when I say this. I dont think Thornton is a top 5 guy. Yes, he is good but again I think that people are being to critical of the trade because of what the hockey analysts have said.]]>