What they’re saying about the Thornton suspension

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Now that Shawn Thornton’s 15-game suspension is official, let’s take a look at some of reactions from around the league. As you might have guessed after all the controversy this incident has attracted, a spectrum of opinions have been voiced.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Dejan Kovacevic called it “sickening” and compared Thornton’s actions to Todd Bertuzzi’s. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also labeled Thornton’s punishment as “woefully inadequate.”

On the other end of the spectrum, NESN’s Dale Arnold figured the suspension would be about half of what it actually was. Bruins president Cam Neely probably agrees with that.

Meanwhile, Kevin Allen declared this a “fair, defensible sentence” that can be seen as “a victory for those who believe that it is imperative to protect the image of the game” in his USA Today column.

Let’s close things out with some reactions from hockey writers and analysts on Twitter, starting with Eric Macramalla, who writes PHT’s Ask a Lawyer series: