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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘I’m very, very fortunate that I got to be here for 7 years’ 06.17.14 at 11:44 am ET
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Former Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday to discuss the end of his time in Boston. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Thornton, who will hit free agency this offseason, was informed by Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli Monday that the team will not pursue re-signing him after seven seasons in Boston.

“I’ve been around a long time. I assumed it would’ve been [Chiarelli] talking to my agent Monday afternoon instead of me walking in there,” Thornton said. “There’€™s always a chance of me walking in there to see if I’€™d be a good soldier, be the extra guy for the next year or two. But I pretty much knew it was coming.

“I talked about it on Sunday with some friends and family. I got the text on Saturday saying he wanted to meet Monday. I kind of put my head around it.”

Thornton wouldn’t cite specific reasons given by Chiarelli for his decision, but the enforcer was grateful for the opportunities given to him over the years.

“It’€™s just the business. I said it yesterday, I did a few interviews, I’€™m very, very fortunate that I got to be here for seven years,” Thornton said. “It doesn’t happen anymore. Guys don’€™t stay around in one market, being a fourth-line guy and being a tough guy. I think you get moved around a lot more than that nowadays. So to do it in this city for seven years, I’€™m really fortunate.

“€I think there are guys in Providence who are just ready to play, and you got to see a few of them do it last year. They’ve got to make some room for these guys. I could understand that.

“€œBut [Chiarelli] didn’t have to tell me early. He didn’t have to tell me face to face. Everything about this organization from Day 1 until yesterday was first class, and I appreciate it.”

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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘We’re still in shock’ following Game 7 loss to Canadiens 05.16.14 at 10:43 am ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Friday to discuss the B’s season-ending loss to Montreal in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series, as well as his future in Boston. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

The Canadiens broke through with the game’s first goal from Dale Weise just 2:18 into what was generally considered an ugly opening period for the Bruins in their 3-1 loss Wednesday. Thornton was on the ice for the goal.

“That goal against 2 1/2 minutes in, kind of, didn’t take the passion away, but they’€™re a good team,” Thornton said. “They’re a tough team to battle back against. We can’t give them that goal. It was a bunch of errors that led up to it, but it was Game 7, you don’€™t want to be battling from behind 2 1/2 minutes into the game.”

Thornton said the locker room was quiet after the game and that he’s still in disbelief over the outcome.

“We’re just disappointed. We’re still in shock, I think. We planned on winning it,” he said. “We planned on going until the end, winning it all. We’re just as in shock as everyone else, if not more.”

Asked to rank the most significant factors in the series, Thornton put the play of goaltender Carey Price, who made 29 saves in Game 7 to cap off an impressive seven-game stretch, and the Canadiens’ role players ahead of Montreal’s speed and quickness.

“I don’€™t think [speed and quickness] was the reason,” Thornton said. “We didn’t bury enough of our chances. We had ample opportunities to bury it. … A little bit of puck luck, a little bit of timing and I think it could’ve been different, but it wasn’t. They won, they move on. We don’€™t, we drown in our sorrows.”

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Shawn Thornton on D&C: ‘It’s tough this time of year to retaliate’ against Matt Cooke 06.03.13 at 10:44 am ET
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton joined Dennis & Callahan on Monday morning to talk about his team’€™s Eastern Conference finals series against the Penguins.

With usual suspect Matt Cooke not being suspended for his Saturday night hit against Adam McQuaid, there is an expectation that the Bruins will try to retaliate against Cooke. However, Thornton downplayed that possibility.

‘€œIt’€™s tough this time of year to retaliate,’€ Thornton said. ‘€œYou don’€™t want to be the reason that you lose a game in the playoffs. Everything is just worth so much more this time of year, especially how far along we are in the playoffs. It gets more important to keep your composure.

‘€œThis hit was a little bit different [than the one on Marc Savard], obviously, and if need be I’€™m pretty sure Adam McQuaid can take care of himself. He is a pretty big, tough guy.’€

Mark Madden, a sports talk radio host at 105.9 The X in Pittsburgh, said the Bruins did not immediately retaliate when Cooke checked Savard in the head on March 7, 2010, is because Savard was disliked in the Bruins locker room. Thornton denied that claim.

‘€œMatt Cooke got kicked out of that game with Savvy years ago [actually, Cooke was not penalized at all]. The people that were on the ice with Savvy — a couple of them didn’€™t see what happened and I think a couple of them couldn’€™t get there in time. It was like Michael Ryder, who I don’€™t think ever had a fight in the NHL. Then there was three minutes left in the game, if I’€™m not mistaken [actually 5:37], so you can’€™t go out there and jump anyone either because it’s a $10,000 fine for you and a $10,000 fine for the coach and a $20,000 fine for the team — I don’€™t know what the exact numbers are but there are a lot of rules in place that stop you from gooning it up at the end of the games. They’€™re just trying to clean up the game.

“So, it wasn’€™t because Savvy was disliked. It was just at what time it went and who with that incident.’€

One player who did fight Saturday night was Patrice Bergeron, who dropped the gloves with Evgeni Malkin after the second period. Bergeron lost the fight and got a bloody face, but Thornton said he did not have much of a chance to win it once Malkin pulled his jersey over his head.

‘€œHis jersey came over his head really quickly and there is nothing you can do when that happens,’€ Thornton said. ‘€œYou can’€™t see anything, kind of the old-school way, I guess. He did a good job getting in there. He didn’€™t back down. I know Malkin is not known as a tough guy, but he still is about five inches taller than him. Any time anyone gets in there, it’€™s not an easy job to do, so I definitely congratulated him.’€

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Recchi on D&C: Flyers woke ‘sleeping giant’ 05.05.10 at 8:42 am ET
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Bruins forward Mark Recchi joined the Dennis & Callahan show Wednesday morning to talk about the B’s playoff run. To hear the interview, click on the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Asked about advice the 42-year-old veteran gave to the team’s younger players, Recchi said: “This is a great time of year right now. Enjoy it. Embrace it. Don’t let the pressure grab you. If you do that, you’re going to really have a good time with this and we’re going to be a better team for it.”

The Flyers have been trying to get under the Bruins’ skin in the first two games, but Recchi said all they’ve done is “wake the sleeping giant.” Said Recchi: “When we get involved in these games, we seem to really get the emotion and are able to play a better hockey game.”

Recchi said the key reason for the Bruins’ late-season turnaround was the team sticking together. “We believed in ourselves in the dressing room, and what we were trying to do,” he said. “We knew we weren’t consistent, so we really didn’t give [the fans] a lot of reasons to believe in us. But at the same time, we knew that if we found that consistency and that competitive edge every night, then we would be a team that’s very tough to play against. We found it at the right time. With all the injuries and everything we’ve been through, we really stuck together as a group. Through all the doubters and the naysayers, we hung in there together. We didn’t push apart. We actually grew together as a team more than anything.”

Recchi said he never lost faith in his team. “When you believe in the guys sitting beside you, in the dressing room, that never crosses your mind. My biggest thing was I knew we had it in us, because we could control games and dominate games, but then we just couldn’t find that consistency. And I knew it was there. We did it the year before.”

Recchi was asked which players are the best and funniest trash-talkers. “Shawn Thornton, he’s really protective of his players, his teammates,” Recchi said. “Our coach behind the bench is probably one of them, too. It’s pretty funny.” Asked about Flyers instigator Daniel Carcillo, Recchi said: “He’s actually not funny at all. There’s nothing funny to his repertoire at all.”

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