The struggling Boston Bruins traded captain Joe Thornton (above) to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night in exchange for three players.
The Bruins get forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau and defenseman Brad Stuart for Thornton, who signed a three-year, $20 million contract with Boston in August and was once thought to be the future of the franchise.
This season, the 26-year-old Thornton has nine goals and 24 assists for Boston, which has lost nine of its last 10 games and is in last place in the Northeast Division.
San Jose are also winless in their last 10, which begs the question which of these two teams is bailing on the season. That question aside, it’s impressive that the Bruins managed to keep a player making Thorton’s money on their payroll for all of 3 months.