According to Sportsnet.ca’s Free Agent Tracker, Joe Thornton just signed a 3 year, $20 million deal.
Koivu doesn’t have the talent that Joe has and he’s not 6’2″ — that’s why he doesn’t make Jumbo money. Speaking of the Habs, Koivu is a great captain — he plays heart and soul even when hurt and he challenges teammates like Ribeiro when they get out of line. He also has the luxury of not being the team’s top scorer. It’s an awesome responsibility to be both the team hero and the team captain, especially after a team loss. Lecavalier couldn’t handle it so he passed the responsibility to Dave Andreychuck. I don’t think it’s a slam against Thornton the player. He just might have too much on his plate right now.
BTW, I’m a Bruins fan.
You’ve been quite the buzz kill lately with regards to the Bruins. Thornton might not be a Bruin forever, but only a handful of players stay with the same team that drafted them anymore. Joe’s a Bruin right now. I’m not Mike O’Connell so I’ll cope with Joe’s leaving when and if it happens.
Yes, if the salary cap decreases next year the Bruins will have to get rid of players. So will every other NHL team except Minnesota and Washington. That’s what it means to play under a cap. The other consequence is that no team is “that great” if compared to pre-CBA lineups. Nobody can afford to load their team with superstars anymore.
If you’re just reacting to the comments that “the road to the cup runs through Boston” I completely agree that it’s too early to make those claims. As a fan all I ask of the Bruins (and every one of their opponents) is that they show up to play every game, and let the chips fall where they may.
bruins fans unite eh.
a great interveiw today on espnnews the hotlist with Joe Thornton.
“i was never going anywhere. it was only a matter of time before i signed. i love playing in boston. i love the fans here.”
i am glad the rumors can be put to bed.
jiri slegr also signed today. good to have him back in black and gold.
what ever boys. look at what thornton did in the world cup, the worlds and won in davos swiss league.
you just fear he is going to kick your beloved habs to the curb.
funny how they have koivu trade rumors up there if he is so fantastic.
The Thornton rumors were flying too as I recall. I know he’s a world class player but he’s not a big game player. He dissapears when it counts the most. Look at the world cup, he didn’t do anything in the final game. I still say he needs to be led instead of attempting to lead. Talented: yes. Leader: NO
finally an objective view of things. I can’t and will never deny the fact that he’s one of the best in the world as far as talent goes. Right up there with the Forsbergs and the Iginlas. But leadership has nothing to do with skill. Leadership is when you speak up, everyone listens to you and you could hear a pin drop. It’s being able to come up big when it matters and lead by example on the ice. That is something that he could learn in the long run. For now, he should just concentrate on his game and give up the “C” to Leetch.
i reallyfeel that joes injury didnt allow him to perform. but anyway….the bruins as a team have puked in the playoffs…i would nt blame it all on joe and say he cant play in big games. because he led the worlds in scoring and he was up there in the swiss league and in the world cup.
i think it is only a matter of time before he does become that big guy. just give him time to grow. he is only 25 26. i know you probably dont want him to emerge but i think it is only a matter of time.
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