I think Pollak was just killing time since practice in Denver was cancelled.
He left out the part where those forwards have often been trapped in the D-zone or close to the Sharks' blueline covering for inconsistent D-pairings, failed breakouts, repetitive D mistakes, and generally scrambling to prevent total blowout losses.
*The powerplay is poop too, but part of that is Burns and Boyle failing to "drive" right.
Thornton says this every year, he does not care for the media one bit. He could less if the media/fans/other coaches call him a choker, passionless player. The only opinions he cares about are his team mates/coach/gm/owner.
Best thing to get thornton going is for one of his team mates to call him out.