Re: My problem with Shawn Thornton
posted at 1/12/2014 10:26 PM EST
In response to Neecic's comment:
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
We spend waaaay too much time talking about the 13th forward.
That's what Thornton would be if camp broke today. Spooner has clearly surpassed him (on pace for about 45 points over a full year - all assists, but still). Fraser and Florek look like they'll present him with a serious challenge next year, and you could say that Fraser, with a couple of bouts and a couple of goals is bringing as much to the table as ST except whatever mysterious quality means that they pitch a shutout against one of the best home teams in the league with ST in the lineup after two porous games. Makes no sense, but it keeps happening, and I'm firmly in the camp that thinks the goal of the NHL roster is to win games, not develop talent. You need to develop talent, but they have to cross a threshold where they're able to improve your chances of winning games and then they get the chance to grow.
The big problem is "role". His role is to answer the bell when someone comes looking for a "momentum" staged bout. Or when someone gets a little too vigorous with Krejci/Bergeron. Chara, Lucic, McQuaid could go with anyone; Iginla with anyone but the super-heavyweights. Miller's game, Campbell (sadly) will go with anyone...but every one of those guys should be picking his battles pretty freaking judiciously. In terms of that role, who's his successor? There isn't one. It was MacDermid. I don't think it's Camara who's starting to find his hands in the AHL lately and isn't chucking fists very often. All of this to say, I won't be surprised if Thornton's on the roster next year. Ifis he wants to be, which I can't say I take for granted. Bit of a strange cat for a hockey player in that he didn't grow up living and breathing the game.
Book, this is the smartest thing I've read in this thread. There is no-one in the stable of kids trying to break the lineup that is applying for Thorntons role. We as Bruins fans are spoiled and think we don't need a guy like him but we do to deflect punches in the face to our good players.
Yes he basically fights for draws now, but his teammates love him and feel better when he's in the lineup.
I totally agree with this too.....Thorton has a specific role on the team and no one in the pipeline right now can fill that role.....Every team has an enforcer and until that role disappears troughout the NHL, the Bruins will carry that type of player......