The Bruins have their share of fighters and, should there be a scrap to be dealt with in the near future, they have a number of hands on deck to take care of it.
But they will have a hard time replacing the heart-and-soul of that type of player — Shawn Thornton.
Thornton will be out 7-10 days with a concussion, though timelines and concussions usually don't go very well together. Thornton sustained the head injury in Thursday night's fight with gargantuan Sabre John Scott, to whom Thornton gave away 6 inches and 53 pounds.
"It is tough. Here's a guy who does everything for his teammates and his team and has done it very well," said coach Claude Julien. "Unfortunately, there's always a risk in that job and he took on a pretty big man as we all know — 6-8 and around 280 pounds — and he handled himself as best he could. Those things are going to happen, but at the end of the day he was still willing to do it for his team.
"Not only do we lose a guy that does it well, but he's a good teammate and he's great in the dressing room. Hopefully, we get him back soon."
Said Thornton's linemate Gregory Campbell: "His job is one of the toughest, if not the toughest in any sport. He does it with no complaints, he does it for the team. Sometimes there are casualties of the job, but he's a tough guy. He'll bounce back and we're all supportive."
As for the thought that someone else should have taken on Scott after Thornton, Julien wasn't buying it.
B's loss of Shawn Thornton will be felt
Boston Herald | Feb 2