A reduced suspension: We all know that what Thornton did to Brooks Orpik was wrong. Very wrong. But 15 games is a little excessive. Thornton was very apologetic and remorseful. This is the first suspension of his career, and that has to play into the equation. By no means am I saying Thornton was in the right, but James Neal’s knee to Brad Marchand’s head in the same game had the same intent as Thornton’s slew foot and punches: the intent to injure. Thornton is a stand-up guy who made a very big mistake, but the bigger mistake is giving him 15 games. I know it is the Christmas season and we are all about giving, but Gary Bettman, calm down.
— Chris Chirichiello