Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Thornton Staying Put
From a source, "The Bruins are in talks with the representatives for Brian Leetch, I had that confirmed today. Also, I had confirmed by a close source to Mike O'Connell that the Bruins have no interest in trading Thornton at this time. Speculation is that he may sign the qualifying offer, and then try and work out a long term deal with the team. He will most likely sign the qualifying offer only if nothing is worked out by the time the season starts. People within the organization are expecting that he will sign between 6 - 6.5 million, and that it will be anywhere from 3 to 5 years. I am hearing that the EARLIEST Thornton would be moved, if at all, would be in season if they think they will not be able to work out a long term contract.So for now, the "Thornton being traded" rumors, at least from people I talk to within the Bruins organization, are dead. He is not going anywhere in the near future."