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02-01-2013, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by DoubleAAAA View Post
I disagree that it's Thornton that spurs that image. The B's game and the core of their identity isn't about staged fights, which is really what Thornton takes care of. It's about playing a heavy game, and having each others backs and they don't need Thornton in the line up for that. MacD can adequately fill in short term.
I'm not saying that Thornton spurs that image on, I'm saying he's there if and when someone has to back it up. The Bruins still have a few guys who can throw, or are at least willing, but nobody there is on par with what you'd call a true heavyweight. Most teams will understand this and use it to their advantage. Just watch. Teams would love to trade their goon for Lucic, and since he's really the defacto tough guy without Thornton, he's going to get challenged more.

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