Posted April 07 2004 - 04:08 AM
| I'm not blaming the refs, but a Lindros, a Tkhachuk or a Primeau will always get more notice than a St. Louis or Gionta, it's just human nature |
nothing to do with human nature. the fact is, the first three guys are much more physical and are more likely to take penalties. st louis and gionta will never be dirty players. i think lindros is (was) one of the dirtiest players in the nhl, all his hits were with his arms out, and with his elbows. the refs watch the guys who are more likely to commit infractions. thornton is one of them.
| Nope, no defensive skills there |
i never said he had no skills, i laughed at the 'gifted' statement. although boynton is a solid defenseman, we're not talking about lidstrom here. remember, i never said he didnt have skills.
| I personally do not see the fact that Thornton gets penalties as that much of a problem |
but, dont you see, it doesnt HAVE to be this way. every great nhl player has had all the slashes and hacks, probably from the same guys. if joe could keep his head on a little more, he could be out of the box more, and scoring more. you can play a hard game without playing a dirty game. there were a few games i saw this past year that joe (or murray) took an unnecessary penalty near the end of the game, and it resulted in a power play goal that changed the result of the game negatively for boston. i dont blame him for going after someone who intentionally tries to hurt him, but he seems to think that he is above being checked. a good friend of my fathers is the GM and president of an NHL club, and hs says all his scouts and most of the rest of the scouts around the league say the same thing...the key to taking out thornton is to get in his face a little, he will lose his temper. imgaine if thats how easily lemieux or gretzky could have been taken out. no way i am even thinking about comparing joe to those 2 guys, but i think joe has the potential to really blossom as a star, but he is his own worst enemy.