meow wrote:Shawn Thorton has only played 4:56. Why even dress him at that point?
Bruins limit their players a lot that they don't trust, it's not really exclusive to Thornton. When he's not playing, Thornton acts an effective cheerleader, even an assistant coach. The oft-cliched/abstract "veteran leadership". Thornton provides that in late stages when he knows his ice time goes down, but he's always ready to go when called upon...
I think it was in the second OT of game 1, they showed Thorton on the bench and he was literally standing in the runway cheering guys on. Why don't they dress someone Julien can actually spill over the boards for a semi-regular shift. They have Caron and Pandalfo as HSs. I get that you need that veteran leadership, but no one scores a goal and says "if it weren't for Thornton cheering me on, I never would have scored." Plus with all the games going beyond 60 minutes, I would want as many capable bodies as possible.