What would you do?

April 29th, 2009 by Tambland Leave a reply »

 There’s a very famous game called Who Would You Do?  The premise is pretty simple.  Given a choice, decide who you would do.

Your choices: Jason Spezza or Joe Thornton.

Now before you break into song about who you would pick, let’s have a look at a few figures.  Let’s called it the STD discussion before you jump into bed.  Sometimes the grass isn’t actually that green on the other side.

Jason Spezza: 25 years old
Joe Thornton: 29 years old 
Let’s give this one to Spezza, given that those four years will mean a big difference in only a few more seasons.

Jason Spezza: Drafted 2nd overall
Joe Thornton: Drafted 1st overall
Let’s call this a wash.  The difference in draft selection is miniscule. 

Thornton’s first full season in the NHL: 16 goals, 25 assists, 41 points.
Spezza’s first full season in the NHL: 22 goals, 33 assists, 55 points.
Considering Spezza’s first season was played under a stifling defensive system of Jacques Martin, I have to give Spezza a bit more credit here. 

Spezza’s current contract: 7 year, $49 million (averages $7 million a season, going into the second year of the deal)
Thornton’s current contract: 3 year, $21.6 million (averages $7.2 million a season, going into the second year of the deal)
Money-wise, it’s a wash.  This one probably goes to Thornton given that it is a shorter contract. But put it this way.  Thornton will be 33 years old when he finishes his contract.  Spezza will be 32 years old when he finishes his.
Look at it another way.  Thornton’s career totals increased each year  when he was 25, 26, and 27 years old.  His totals are now declining.  Spezza hasn’t even played at that age category yet. Look for better numbers over the next 3 seasons.

Thornton’s career playoff totals: 70 GP, 11 G, 37 A, 48 Pts- Average points per game: 0.6 
Spezza’s career playoff totals: 40 GP, 13 G, 26 A, 39 Pts- Average points per game: 0.9 
Have to give this to Spezza again.  Numbers are too good.  That’s so close to a point a game, it’s not even funny.

Number of Stanley Cup Finals GP
Spezza- 5
Thornton- 0
‘Nough said.


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  1. alex says:

    umm i would choose thornton even thoutgh im a buffalo fan i would still choose him cuz like spezza had an alright season thornton and his team won the presidents trophy i think he could help you guys and idl spezza ugh hate him but thats from buffalo so i think your saying of guy from buffalo he doesnt no anything but actually i do and


  2. Patrick says:

    I think a deal between the Sharks and the Sens makes a ton of sense. Unfortunately it looks like Doug Wilson is not willing to trade Joe Thornton. However, if Marleau is on the block for the Sharks and Heatley or Spezza is on the block for the Sens, something great could be in the works.

  3. Burgundy says:

    Hey Patrick, thanks for the comment.

    I think Heatley’s the safest player on the Senators at the moment, other than Alfredsson. Not sure how serious these trade rumors surrounding Spezza really are. Personally, I’d hate to see him traded, but thats my theory.

    TradeJoeThornton.com is a great site, everyone!

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