Re: Shawn Thornton
posted at 3/12/2013 12:53 PM EDT
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
He hasn't been a major defensive liability, like many fourth liners tend to be.
I'd much rather have Thornton than Ryan White or Colby Armstrong!
(Not an endorsement of Thornton by any stretch, but there are worse options.)
As I've mentioned too many times before I go to a lot of Avs games, and let me tell you that in the comparison of goons, Thornton is a lot better than many after watching Bordeleau play out here.
For me as well, this is not an endorsement of Thornton who I think is a very mixed bag and should be a scratch more often than he is. But Bordeleau is has the "awful player and a complete gentlemen enforcer" combination ten times greater than Thornton. Horrible skater, only fights goons, politely asks for fights, and doesn't respond to cheap shots on the his star players. Probably a great guy -- useless on the ice.
Amid the many posts about Neil today, it strikes me that you really want someone between Thornton and Neil. You want someone willing to go with anyone, who's honest and won't be throwing cheapshots all over the place, but you also want someone who can have an impact in every game. When you're a modestly skilled goon type, you've got to be a bit of a d*ck to have an impact in every game. I want a goon, who throws hard hits on skill players, snows the goalie, aggravates people, and generaly plays mean and angry.
Thornton doesn't really do this very often, but I think that's why he was so effective against Vancouver -- he lost the nice guy routine. I heard that he asked Bieksa if he wanted to fight every single shift he had, which had to get tiring for Bieksa. He went after anyone who got near Thomas, he crashed the net hard, he snowed Luongo, he browbeat the Canucks bench at every opportunity. It was great. If you can't contribute with skill, do that stuff.