If you haven’t heard already, the Boston Bruins have traded Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks for Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau. In my mind this is a horrible trade for the Bruins and a good one for the Sharks. The Sharks now have a dominant centerman who can take control of a game and anchor the Sharks offense. Every team needs one of those guys if they want to win. For Boston, well, now they don’t and they will suffer. Yes, Brad Stuart is a solid defenseman, and the Bruins could definitely use one of those, but without Thornton Boston is going to suffer significantly in the offensive zone. Not only do they lose Thornton but Glen Murray isn’t going to be near as useful as a goal scorer without Thornton setting him up and I am not sure Bergeron, Boyes, Zhamnov or any of the other centers that Boston has will be able to fill that role adequitely. They Sharks may need to go out and add a depth defenseman to help replace Stuart but this deal is a big win for them.
For you fantasy hockey poolies, Glen Murray will suffer but Bergeron might get a small boost as he will likely take over the first line centerman role. For San Jose, the whole team should improve, especially anyone who plays on the first power play unit including Marleau, Cheechoo and defenseman Tom Preissing.