Never one to keep his opinion to himself, Boston Bruins winger Shawn Thornton recently spoke out about the team’s headline-worthy offseason.
Speaking with CSNNE‘s Joe Haggerty, the Bruins’ fourth-liner, and one of the very few players on the club who lives in Boston all year long, was asked about the departure of Tyler Seguin, Nathan Horton and Andrew Ference. Seguin was dealt to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson and prospects, while Horton and Ference left as free agents. Amidst all of this, the Bruins also went out and signed Jarome Iginla to a one-year deal.
Thornton, though, doesn’t seem to be very pessimistic about the upcoming season at all despite the departure of the aforementioned former Bruins. “I think, you know, we have [Iginla] coming in. Erikkson, I haven’t seen a lot of him, but from everyone I’ve talked to they say he might be the most underrated hockey player in the NHL right now,” he said. “I mean he’s scored 25-30 goals for the last five seasons if I’m not mistaken.”
Being as candid as ever, Thornton then approached both Haggerty and the fans’ reaction to Seguin leaving, telling Haggerty, “You were probably in the fetal position when [Seguin] left, sucking your thumb.”
“On paper, I think our team looks just as good.”
So, count Thornton on board as someone who feels pretty confident about the upcoming year for the Bruins. And thanks to the bitter defeat he and Boston suffered during Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, he’ll have plenty of motivation.
Asked how he’s been doing since the loss, Thornton said, “It sucks. It still stings.” He won’t have much longer to dwell on it, as preseason hockey is just around the corner.