Re: Thornton might be stripped of captaincy
posted at 6/29/2014 8:51 AM EDT
"Obviously [the Bruins] believe in their coach and their general manager, and I'm next in line, so I've got to move on. ... I came back here to win, and we haven't been winning. Whose fault is that? I'm not sure, but I'm out of here, so it must be mine." - Joe Thornton, December 1, 2005.
"Obviously [the Sharts] believe in their coach and their general manager, and I'm next in line, so I've got to move on. ... I came back here to win, and we haven't been winning. Whose fault is that? I'm not sure, but I'm out of here, so it must be mine." - Joe Thornton, --,--, 2014.
I get that it must be tough for a player like JT to realize that, if he's honest with himself, he either hasn't done everything he could to win or he's no longer good enough to make the kind of difference people expect of him. Really. But that comment was the coffin nail for me with this guy when they dealt him, and he's been throwing dirt on the lid ever since with his comments about there being one set of rules for the Bruins and one for everyone else (Lucic non-suspension) etc.. That kind of passive aggressive crap from a hockey player bugs me no end, and it certainly doesn't resonate with the title of Captain.
Joe, you were the Captain of a team known for playoff chokes who spit up a hairball up 3-0 against the eventual Cup champions. Your GM and coach have gone to bat for you despite the annual choke job for years. Now they're concerned about chemistry and want to go another route. In Boston, the locker room was reported to be clique-y and you could hear it in the way some guys reacted to you being dealt. The team had to go through a culture change, and it was clear you were a key part of that problem. Your comments only made it worse. So yeah, you negotiated an NTC and yeah, you may have taken less to stay in SJ, but for once, how about making a decision that repays some of the loyalty Doug Wilson showed you instead of thinking "me first"?
Are you not entertained?!?!