Lockout helps Thornton rethink role on, off ice

Updated: August 30, 2005, 4:39 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

When Boston Bruins fans last saw Joe Thornton, the future for their beloved captain looked, well, a little bleak.

The Bruins had collapsed in the first round of the 2004 playoffs against an undermanned Montreal Canadiens team, blowing series leads of 2-0 and 3-1 along the way. Thornton had zero points while quietly suffering from a rib injury. He was barely visible on and off the ice, prompting a respected Boston columnist to suggest Thornton cash in the coveted captain's "C."

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