Re: Number 19
posted at 7/5/2013 3:50 PM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to stevegm's comment:
Nathan Horton played for 6 years and scored 0 playoff goals yet scored a huge raise. That kind of stat usually isn't used to override all the others.
Horton wasn't supposed to be the franchise.
Horton didn't make the playoffs in those six years.
Nitpicking is fine.
Five playoff years, six playoff goals.
27 playoff games, six goals.
27 playoff games, 12 assists.
27 playoff games 18 points.
NAS is absolutely correct. Thornton was the epitome of soft in Boston. He is a supremely talented player who did not make SJ any better when he got there, either. It took him awhile to appear at playofftime there, too.
He was traded the day after a typical soft game Joe when he blew his coverage against NJ and the B's lost another one late.
The only comparison to Horton is that apparently Boston was a little too "hot" for both of them.
Thornton was supposed to turn the franchise around and was a bust here. The biggest contribution he made in Boston is get traded, open up a wad of cash and facilitate Chara's signing... a real leader and a Cup.
There's no amount of spinning or stat juggling to frame Thornton as anything but a bust in Boston.