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02-16-2013, 08:42 PM
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Saying no player will have a problem being told they aren't the go-to guy or being told they aren't the best is simply inaccurate.
There are very few players that are able to put their ego and pride to the side after being told that by their own team.
These guys make a living by playing with something to prove and that kind of thing is not always going to go over well. And when you're Thornton and the offense runs through you handling the puck then being told you aren't the go-to guy anymore is definitely asking him to change his game.
That's when they're skillset is still top-notch. Again, we're talking about a few seasons from now when Thornton is no longer the best player on the team. No matter what you may think of Thornton, no player is that stubborn. No player in the league thinks he's the best on the team when he clearly isn't. And this is the same Thornton that went to McLellan saying he's willingly to do anything to help the team win.
Players like Thornton and Marleau care about proving something, but I like to think they care about winning more. Saying Marleau is such a team player and Thornton has a huge ego is just Marleau bias at it's greatest.
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