“He brings an element of toughness,” Chiarelli said of the enforcer, who has called Boston home for three seasons so far.
“He accepts his role. He wants to be here … and he loves the game,” Chiarelli added.
“I didn’t want to go anywhere,” Thornton confirmed to NESN reporter Kathryn Tappen. “I wanted nothing but to stay here in Boston, so it couldn’t have worked any better. … Hopefully I can stick around as long as I can.”
Thornton has made his career out of being an enforcer, unafraid to drop the gloves when necessary. These types of players tend to have shorter careers than usual, but Thornton isn’t concerned about that yet. He’s more focused on getting ready for next season, hoping to draw on the experience of losing to the Flyers despite being up three games to none in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“[The Bruins have to] remember the bad taste in our mouth,” Thornton said. “It’s something you can’t forget, [and] you have to learn from your experiences.”
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