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Thornton didn't live up to Bruins' expectations

Updated: December 1, 2005, 8:17 PM ET
By Barry Melrose | Special to ESPN.com

The Boston Bruins have been desperate, in a freefall. We knew something was going to happen, whether it was a trade or a firing.

But I don't think anyone in the hockey world thought Joe Thornton would be traded. He was the face of the Bruins, he was the captain of the Bruins, he was as popular as anyone in Boston.

After he signed a new three-year, $20 million deal this offseason, Thornton was expected to lead the Bruins to the playoffs and help them challenge for the Stanley ...

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