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Fallout from Thornton deal

SOUTHCOASTTODAY.COM: Mick Colageo reports Bruins winger Sergei Samsonov is unhappy that Thornton was made the scapegoat for the club's struggles this season, leading to his trade to San Jose. "I don't think Joe should have been singled out. I don't think he's the one to blame," said Samsonov, who was neither cajoled into the statement, nor responding to a question. "There's 20 other guys in the locker room and we're all there to blame for it. Right now he's being made an example of, which I don't think is fair."

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports several Bruins veterans held a dressing room meeting yesterday with GM Mike O'Connell demanding an explanation for the Thornton deal, one that apparently got heated at times. Garrioch also reports O'Connell apparently had negotiations with five teams for Thornton but claims sources say the original deal was supposed to be Serge Samsonov for Stuart. Garrioch also reports that O'Connell's job, as well as that of the coaching staff, could be on the line if this deal doesn't turn the Bruins fortunes around.

TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reported last night it'll be interesting to see what effect the fallout from the Boston Bruins trading away Joe Thornton will have on the club. Thornton's friend and now-former linemate Glen Murray signed a four-year deal last summer with the B's to return to the Bruins and play alongside Thornton, leading McKenzie to speculate how this will effect his play. McKenzie also reports team morale is very low, and the casting aside of free agent Dave Scatchard along with Thornton could make free agents wary of signing with the Bruins next summer. He also noted that defenceman Brad Stuart, obtained from San Jose in the deal, is eligible for UFA status next summer. McKenzie cites unnamed players as saying if this move doesn't turn the Bruins around soon, the club could go into full salary dumping mode.

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December 2, 2005 - Posted by | NHL Trades

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