Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins, 2013
Just one season after leading the charge as the Bruins ended a 39-year Stanley Cup drought, Tim Thomas' career with the Black and Gold is over, as the Bruins traded him to the NY Islanders. As a result, many fans have turned on the man who was a sports hero just a year ago.
While Thomas' tale is interesting, he's far from the only athlete to have an unceremonious breakup with Boston. Whether it was a crowd favorite-turned-villain, whether a franchise player never ever should have left, or whether the player or coach fell quickly into the bad graces of the front office, here's a look at some notable Boston sports departures. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)