Both the 2005 and 2006 seasons represented a changing of the tides for the Boston Bruins.
Over the span of those two years, Mike O’Connell, Jeff Gorton and Peter Chiarelli orchestrated a number of moves that uprooted the Original Six franchise — dealing away Joe Thornton, adding Zdeno Chara and investing in the future with youngsters like Patrice Bergeron.
Given the amount of upheaval felt in those two years, we figured we’d take a long look at all the moves taken in the post-lockout era that have allowed Boston to keep a Cup-contending window open for over a decade now.
After sorting through over 40 free-agent signings from 2005 onwards, we decided to take a look at all the trades struck by O’Connell, Gorton, Chiarelli and Don Sweeney.
In total, there were over 90 trades struck between the Bruins and other clubs since the 2004-05 lockout, although we’ve whittled this list down to 71 — with AHL-centered transactions not making the cut.
The Bruins have run the full gamut when it comes to placing your odds on the trade market, with the Original Six franchise emerging with some steals — and a number of duds — over the past 15 years.
Without further ado, let’s get started with the five worst B's deals since 2005:
71: So long, Jumbo - Nov. 30, 2005
To San Jose:
Ah, yes — the franchise-altering deal that ruined my childhood and left many Bruins fans scratching their heads.
Now, let’s be clear — O’Connell’s decision to ship Boston’s 26-year-old franchise star out to the West Coast did have some reasoning behind it. By dealing Thornton, Boston freed up cap space necessary to ink both Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard to new contracts the next summer, prompting a reset and change in leadership that eventually led to Boston hoisting the Stanley Cup a little over five seasons later.
Add in the development of youngsters like Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci, and Boston’s pipeline of talent down the middle, especially with Savard added to the fold in 2006, allowed Boston to absorb some of the hit that came with Thornton’s departure.
Still, as is always the argument when it comes to assessing this blockbuster, the Bruins could (and should) have received more, right?
While Sturm had a few productive seasons in Boston (and scored some key goals in the playoffs), Stuart was a solid blueliner and Primeau added depth, that trio failed to come close to the production Jumbo Joe put forward in San Jose — with the star center winning the Hart Trophy in 2005-06 after accumulating 92 points (20 goals, 72 assists) over 58 games. Thornton, now 41, is still kicking in San Jose, with the future Hall of Famer racking up 1,055 points over 1,104 games out in California.
Yes, Boston did manage to win a Cup before San Jose, so perhaps starting off this list might be viewed as overkill.
But considering that Brian Burke, then GM of the Ducks at the time of the Thornton deal, said earlier this year that Anaheim put forward a whammy of an offer for the B’s star — it does make this trade an even tougher pill to swallow.
I don’t know about you, but I’d take one of Ryan Getzlaf or Corey Perry over anything O’Connell managed to net in dealing away a Hall of Famer.
70: Shipping off Seguin - July 4, 2013
Did Seguin’s immaturity and ugly showing during the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs pave the way for such a trade? Yes, of course.
In fact, Boston had a right to be awfully steamed, given that — had Seguin managed to chip in with more than just one goal and eight points over 22 playoff games that summer — the Bruins very well could have won their second Cup in three years.
Still, for all those frustrations, opting to deal away a 21-year-old budding star (and a pretty agreeable six-year, $34.5-million contract signed less than a year prior) looked like a foolhardy move from the jump — and this trade has continued to sour with age.
When healthy, Eriksson had a productive three-year stretch with Boston (147 points in 224 games), but he headed west to Vancouver on a six-year, $36-million deal at the end of the 2015-16 season. Smith had a very productive first year in Boston and was foolishly traded to Florida in 2015 (more on that in a bit), while both Morrow and Fraser failed to establish themselves as regular NHLers.
Meanwhile, since the trade, the 28-year-old Seguin has now tallied 223 goals and 514 total points over 538 games with the Stars.
Again, Boston managed to win a Presidents' Trophy the year after Seguin’s departure and have once again re-opened a Cup contention window for at least a few more seasons, so the Bruins haven’t faced truly dire ramifications from such a move.
Still, having an offensive dynamo like Seguin could have helped the Bruins juuuuuust a tad over the last couple of seasons.
69. Dougie dips - June 26, 2015
2015 1st-round pick (Zach Senyshyn)
2015 2nd-round pick (Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson)
2015 2nd-round pick (Jeremy Lauzon)