Saturday, July 30, 2011

Shawn Thornton Deserves To Wear The "A"

In one of my blog entries regarding the upcoming offseason, I mentioned briefly a possible candidate for replacing Mark Recchi as the second alternate captain. As the season concluded, I had the urge to give David Krejci that honor. I say urge because I was a victim of being a prisoner of the moment. Krejci led the team with 12 goals and accumulated 23 points during the postseason. His production was common for a first-line center. Does that mean he is worthy of wearing the "A"?

Krejci is only 25 years old and he has signed with the Bruins through the 2012-2013 season. However, he shows no leadership on and off the ice because he is a quiet individual. A player who can rack up the stats is not always a great leader. With that being said, Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton deserves to be the second alternate captain. He is a leader and a grinder who will stick up for his teammates and open his mouth when need be. One could make the argument that since Thornton was scratched for several playoff games he should not deserve this honor. Well, I could not disagree more. He handled the situation with class and respect for the team.

Thornton is signed through next season and he looks to resume his role as the right wing on the fourth line alongside Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille. The question is will he be wearing the "A" on his sweater? I believe that he should and no one should be surprised if he does display the letter.

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