No. 4: One of the low points of the calendar year 2007 for the Boston Bruins was that their $4.5 million acquisition, Manny Fernandez, had to undergo season-ending knee surgery in December.
Acquired to give the Bruins the No. 1 netminder they’d always desired (but didn’t realize they already had in Tim Thomas), Fernandez became a non-factor in the franchise’s resurrection under new head coach Claude Julien.
But this story of disappointment turned to one of triumph in the second half of ’08 and Fernandez’s return to form and his combining with Thomas to give the Bruins the best goaltender tandem in the NHL earned its spot among the top 10 stories of the year. (more…)