As expected, the Boston Bruins will not be re-signing popular veteran forward Shawn Thornton.
Here’s B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli with the explanation:
According to Chiarelli, he told Thornton, who signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2007, that “he was one of the most significant acquisitions” the Bruins made, for both the role the bruising winger played and “the person that he is.”
But Thornton is 36 now, and the Bruins would like to get a bit younger and faster up front.
“He’ll be missed,” said Chiarelli. “It was a bit of a sad day.”
With their mothers traveling on the road trip — Matt Bartkowski‘s mom, Beth, has become a cult hero in Vancouver after another priceless media interview — the Canucks took back-to-back wins, moving them right back into the thick of the playoff fight in the Western Conference.
Up by a goal in the third period, defenseman Alex Biega played the hero, pulling the puck out of the crease after it got by Ryan Miller on a backhand shot from Kyle Chipchura, maintaining Vancouver’s lead.
Phaneuf burned on Zetterberg game-winner in Sens debut
“I put my stick there, he put (the puck) under and he made a good shot. I’ve got to have a better stick in that situation, but you’ve got to give him credit for that play.”
Phaneuf finished the night with a minus-one rating and two hits in almost 22 minutes of ice time, putting him second among Sens defensemen in that category behind Erik Karlsson, who played a whopping 33:30.
Phaneuf drilled Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser with a hard slap shot early in the third period.
DeKeyser played one more shift — all of 10 seconds — before exiting the game.
Blashill says DeKeyser has a bruise, not a break. Will know more tomorrow, but probably day-to-day