On November 30th, 2005, in somewhat shocking fashion, then Bruins General Manager traded his Captain Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart. Thornton went on that season to capture the Art Ross and Hart Trophies, tallying 92 (!) points in 58 games with San Jose. His team made it to the 2nd Round, but were eliminated by Edmonton in six games, with the Sharks losing four straight (sound familiar?).
The failures of Joe Thornton and the Sharks in the postseason since his arrival have been well documented. Tuesday night, the latest chapter was a 5-1 loss to the Kings after being up in the series 3-0.
In 8 elimination games for San Jose, Thornton has 1 goal, is a -8, and has taken only 20 shots. San Jose has made it to the Conference Finals twice (2010 lost 4-0 to Chicago; 2011 lost 4-1 tp Vancouver).
Kevin Paul Dupont joined Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnieirek on Arbella Early Edition to discuss Thornton's career.
"I think he is, what he is." said Dupont, "He's an excellent regular season player. He's a point-per-game player, but when it comes time to actually assert himself… in the playoffs, you're the number-one center, you have to go to areas you don't want to go."
"I do feel sorry for him." said Dupont, "Good guy, good performer but just doesn't get it done when he has to."