7. Mike O’Connell
With the Bruins trending in the wrong direction, Boston opted to trade their franchise player in Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks midway through the 2005-06 season.
While Boston received three solid players in return for “Jumbo Joe”, it wasn’t an adequate haul for a player that ranks only behind Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin for most points since the 2005-06 campaign.
Thornton made an immediate impact with the Sharks, tallying an incredible 92 points over 58 games following the trade — winning the Hart Trophy after posting 125 points on the season.
In 961 games with the Sharks, Thornton has tallied 973 points and currently ranks 16th overall in NHL history with 1,427 points.
Sturm had a solid tenure with Boston, scoring 106 goals over five seasons, while Stuart and Primeau both played for two years with the Bruins before getting traded to Calgary on Feb. 10, 2007 in a deal that brought Andrew Ference and Chuck Kobasew to the Black and Gold.