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Shawn Thornton seems upset about the Winter Classic being canceled

Nov 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

Robyn Regehr, Shawn Thornton AP

Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton is never a guy afraid to pull his punches both with his fists and his words.

As Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com heard, Thornton is upset about the lockout and the annual Winter Classic being canceled. You might say he’s got an ax to grind with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

“We’re all disappointed that it had to come to the Winter Classic being cancelled. I know that personally I just want to get back to work,” Thornton said. “But (Bettman) makes $8 million a year, doesn’t he? You expect he would have 250 grand kicking around in an ash tray somewhere to keep the Winter Classic alive.”

Ouch.

Obviously the cancellation of the Winter Classic goes a bit deeper than just money. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said “we simply are out of time” regarding the event and there’s plenty of truth to that in spite of the game being two months away.

That won’t stop Thornton from getting a frustrated shot in while he can though.

  1. habsman - Nov 4, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    The league office tried to communicate with Thornton, but they’re not fluent in cement.

    • hosewater2 - Nov 4, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      The reason he’s so anxious to play is because this will be his last year. We are grateful. Tired of this guy headlining on this site with his mouth. On the coattails of talent his whole career.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM

        Huh? He’s a stand-up guy and I’ve never heard of anyone with a bad thing to say about him.

        He just signed a two year deal, so you’re wrong there, he’s also won two Cups.

    • bgord - Nov 4, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      habsman.. Figures another intelligent comment from a Montreal fan, (No disrespect to all, there’s always one in the bunch) Why don’t you and Max Pacioretty file police charges on Thornton for his comment. Seems about the only breaking news coming form out of the organization

    • jeff2000m - Nov 5, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      Habs n leafs fans must be enjoying the fact that they dont have to come up with an excuse as to why theyre not making the playoffs again…and when the lockout does end, im sure the term “lockout” will be used as part of the many excuses made. #ClasslessIdiots

  2. stain67 - Nov 4, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    Go back to singing Ole’ with the rest of the sheep in Montreal.
    Thornton has 2 rings and is as hard of a worker than anyone in the league.
    Make your comment to his face…..o that’s right your a “habsman” your incapable of being a tough guy unless you have something to hide behind.

  3. stain67 - Nov 4, 2012 at 3:15 PM

    Hosewater….you would trade places with Thornton in a heartbeat….but you wouldn’t last. His job is much tougher than yours without a doubt.

  4. bigoldorcafromvan - Nov 4, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I have an idea for you Mr. Thorton. Why don.t you and the NHLPA put up the money to book the building just in case you have a CBA by then? Oh wait the NHLPA and the players don.t take any of the risks. We will let the Owners take the risk… Mr. Thorton talk to Fehr and tell him to get negotiating.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 4, 2012 at 4:19 PM

      It’s not a building, it’s a stadium. There’s also no league to play for at this point

  5. finfan88shark - Nov 4, 2012 at 3:45 PM

    How about Shawn talk to his teams hard line owner and Bettman biggest supporter. Hey Shawn go ahead tell Jeremy Jacobs how you really feel.

  6. cowboys282 - Nov 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I wonder will Mr. Bettman have to give some of that 8 million a year back like he expects the players to give back from signed contracts? Of course he won’t lol. Soon he will be paid higher than any player in the entire NHL. Very strange.

  7. pastabelly - Nov 5, 2012 at 4:39 AM

    Agree that one of the bigger obstacles is Jacobs, who is living proof that rat owners make too money and soak the fans at every opportunity.

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