Re: Thornton: 'People shouldn't overreact, it was a fight, I got dropped'
posted at 2/8/2013 8:42 AM EST
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
I'm much happier having Spooner on the fourth line. (even though he's filling in for Paille)
Thornton is not needed on this team. There are plenty of tough guys on the Bruins.
---- But NAS, I don't want Lucic fighting goons! That's bad!
- I fully agree. Everyone just leaves the goons alone. When a fight NEEDS to happen, there are enough tough guys to step up.
----- But NAS, Lane MacDermid isn't any better or different.
- I fully agree. Send him back to the AHL where theatrics are needed to sell tickets.
Let guys like Bourque and Spooner earn their spots on the team. One takes the third line shift, the other takes the fourth line shift. Cheap money, good play.
See, I think I would agree with this line of thinking if every single person in the organization didn't disagree. Every single player, team official, and beat guy rave about how important Thornton is to the team. How could they all be wrong? For whatever reason Thornton's teammates seem to feel a lot better with him around. I trust in Chia's sense for team chemistry or whatever.
And for the job he has to do, I think he does it well. If he's smart, he does the same thing against the Sabres as last time -- makes sure that Scott gets him and nobody else, so the rest of the guys can worry about hockey. And hopefully they play a little harder this time and are grateful that they have skill jobs in this league instead of having to get punched by that ape.
Sorry, but Thornton is the sacrificial lamb here. The guy has to take the risks of fighting the big guys. Or he isn't doing his job. Hope he fares better. I like him.