Shawn Thornton played seven seasons for the Bruins. (AP)Shawn Thornton’s departure represents a change for the Bruins, but it’s far from an admission that they need to change. 



 

Shawn Thornton is holding no grudges after Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told him Monday that the team would not be offering him a contract for next season.

 

Shawn Thornton is holding no grudges after Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli told him Monday that the team would not be offering him a contract for next season.

Reflecting on his seven-year tenure with the Bruins, Thornton was more proud than anything else as he began to look ahead to the next and perhaps final stop of his NHL career.

“I was very lucky and very fortunate to be part of this city and organization for the last seven years,”€ Thornton said. “€œMy first thought is I’€™m very appreciative of them keeping me around for seven years and [letting me] have the role that I’€™ve played here.

‘€œThey’€™ve been first-class from Day 1, when Cam [Neely] called me convincing me that this would be a good fit for me, to even today, Peter giving me a face-to-face meeting and a heads up before free agency that I wasn’€™t coming back. Everything in between was amazing. I’€™m very lucky and very thankful that I got treated so well when I was here.”

Thornton said he estimated his chances of being brought back as a ‘€œcoin flip’€ when Chiarelli told him at breakup day last month that he needed time to determine the team’€™s plan. The 36-year-old (he’€™ll be 37 next month) wants to play at least another season, and he’€™ll meet with teams to determine the best fit going forward.

Physically, Thornton said he feels better now than he did going into the season, as he dealt with some injuries that hindered his workouts last offseason.

As for the notion that the league is trending away from players like him, Thornton acknowledged that the Bruins have young forwards who are NHL-ready, but also said that fighting is far from extinct in the NHL.

“I think we’€™re all in agreement that the puck’€™s not going to drop next year on Oct. 7 and everyone’€™s going to be skating around with their gloves on all the time,’€ Thornton said.

“I think it’€™ll probably start to be phased out eventually, but it’€™s around for the next couple of years at least. I see the point that’€™s being made, but I think it will still be here. On the other side, I think that one of the reasons I’€™ve had success and have been able to stick around as long as I have is that I bring more to the table than just the fighting. I think I can actually play hockey, too.”

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

In a video posted on the team’s website, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the team will not be re-signing forward Shawn Thornton.

In a video posted on the team’s website, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the team will not be re-signing forward Shawn Thornton.

“Today I met with Shawn. We had a good meeting, and I informed him that we wouldn’t be re-signing him,” Chiarelli said in the video. “It was good in the sense that we talked about the time Shawn has spent here.

“I told him that he was one of the most significant acquisitions that we made — one, for the role that he played, and two, for the person that he is. It was nice to rehash his time. It was sad to tell him he wasn’t coming back.”

Thornton spent seven seasons in Boston, tallying 34 goals, 42 assists and 748 penalty minutes in 480 games. He added one goal, six assists and 62 penalty minutes in 86 playoff games and helped lead the Bruins to a Stanley Cup title in 2011.

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin

Jarome Iginla is the key to a successful offseason for the Bruins. (AP)The salary cap has not yet been determined for next season, but that doesn’t mean the Bruins’ plan of attack shouldn’t be set for this summer.



Though neither team reached the Stanley Cup finals this season, oddsmakers have the Blackhawks as favorites to win the Cup in 2015, with the Bruins the second favorites.

The Kings, who are days removed from winning the Cup for the second time in the last three years, sit behind the Blackhawks, Bruins and Penguins.

Here are the odds, per Bovada:

Chicago Blackhawks: 15/2

Boston Bruins: 8/1

Pittsburgh Penguins: 9/1

Los Angeles Kings: 10/1

St. Louis Blues: 10/1

Anaheim Ducks: 14/1

San Jose Sharks: 14/1

Colorado Avalanche: 18/1

Minnesota Wild: 18/1

New York Rangers: 18/1

Detroit Red Wings: 22/1

Montreal Canadiens: 25/1

Tampa Bay Lightning: 25/1

Vancouver Canucks: 25/1

Philadelphia Flyers: 28/1

Dallas Stars: 33/1

Toronto Maple Leafs: 33/1

Washington Capitals: 33/1

Columbus Blue Jackets: 40/1

New Jersey Devils: 40/1

Carolina Hurricanes: 50/1

Edmonton Oilers: 50/1

Ottawa Senators: 50/1

Phoenix Coyotes: 50/1

Winnipeg Jets: 50/1

Calgary Flames: 66/1

Florida Panthers: 66/1

Nashville Predators: 66/1

New York Islanders: 66/1

Buffalo Sabres: 75/1

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

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[0:02:31] ... at where -- That are not last these the bad guys but Kevin Millar and about Archos you on their back and and also that struggled. Miller I don't think you worry about because he's the ...
[0:04:26] ... expected either in your -- it would lead the team goals in Jarome Iginla did -- and third it was about these form but. I think that this is the player who you saw him right ...
[0:07:04] ... -- agent who gets what he wants. And I think that it's Jarome Iginla can be talked into going elsewhere or worse chance of winning. The navy he's gone if the Bruins in talking to taking ...






DJ Bean joins the program to dismiss the recent rumors that the Bruins are in discussions to trade Brad Marchand to the Sharks for Patrick Marleau

[0:00:07] ... story that came out that Brad Marchand. Might get traded to the San Jose Sharks for Patrick Marleau but according to what. DJ has written on WEEI dot com he conceded their WEI dot com according to ...
[0:02:31] ... at where -- That are not last these the bad guys but Kevin Millar and about Archos you on their back and and also that struggled. Miller I don't think you worry about because he's the ...
[0:04:26] ... expected either in your -- it would lead the team goals in Jarome Iginla did -- and third it was about these form but. I think that this is the player who you saw him right ...
[0:07:04] ... -- agent who gets what he wants. And I think that it's Jarome Iginla can be talked into going elsewhere or worse chance of winning. The navy he's gone if the Bruins in talking to taking ...






Brad Marchand has three years left on his contract. (AP)Peter Chiarelli’s words Friday morning were a little more interesting than simply squashing a rumor that was picking up steam amongst rightfully bored Bruins fans. He didn’t say he wasn’t trading Brad Marchand for Patrick Marleau; he said he wasn’t trading him for anyone.