posted at 1/4/2014 6:06 PM EST
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
In response to mattbs' comment:
I'm on the fence. I see a fighter as the teams sacrificial lamb where he can take 5 or 10 min. of fighting penalties and it wont hurt the team. Without him our three toughest guys are Chara, Lucic and McQuaid. Do you want them in the box? No because we need those guys on the ice. So then who steps up when the Bs get pushed around? Campbell?
I am not pro fighting in the NHL but as it is you need someonelike Thornton. We won a cup with him in the line up so he can't be that bad.
Thornton was in and out of the lineup. Recall that he was scratched.
Yes, I do want those guys you mentioned in the box. If they aren't fighting, they aren't feared. Thornton has been an empty jersey since Marchand got promoted off the fourth line.
Thornton only fights other goons last year and this he is just not into it. I'd rather have another player like Ference who always the first to stick up for a teammate. Thornton can't do that cause he's not on the ice. And than theres some goon code BS.
As for fighters Lucic, McQuaid, Chara, Iginla add in Campbell and Boychuk.
Still lots of heavy artillery there. They don't have to fight other goons just stick up for each other and there teammates. Pack mentality gotta love it