/Dec 5, 2013; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) and Montreal Canadiens right wing Brandon Prust (8) fight during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Katrina’s Daily Rant: Shawn Thornton’s Appeal

For those of you who haven’t heard Shawn Thornton will be appealing his 15 games suspension. He is able to do this due to the new CBA which allows a player to appeal suspensions to Gary Bettman then to a third party arbitrator if not happy with Bettman’s decision. The NHLPA fought hard for this to be included and Thornton is completely within his rights to appeal though some have been pretty vocal that he shouldn’t.

I took to twitter to see what some of the reactions were to the appeal and was pretty disappointed in what I saw. One thing that people said that upset me was that because Thornton was appealing it meant he wasn’t sorry for what he did. His appeal does not mean he is not sorry, it means that he believes his punishment is unfair. I believe it is unfair, Thornton has never been suspended before and James Neal who has been suspended twice before (and also caused intentional harm) was only suspended for 5. I’m not saying that Thornton shouldn’t have been suspended I’m saying 15 games is too much.

For all of those who think I’m crazy for thinking this think about the situation. Thornton was incredibly emotional and angry because the Boston Bruins were literally getting beaten bloody. Loui Eriksson was taken out with a concussion, Chris Kelly was slashed resulting in a broken leg, and Brad Marchand took a knee to the face. Sure Thornton definitely went overboard but this isn’t in character for him. He may be an enforcer but he is not a dirty player, though what he did was dirty, he doesn’t deserve such a long suspension. If I were him I would appeal too.

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  • Thomas Eric

    Agree 5 games tops

    • Katrina Capp

      Totally I feel bad for the guy people can be really mean in these situations and he doesn’t deserve that. He is not saying he shouldn’t be suspended at all just that it was too much.

  • Darrel

    Why should Orpik have to fight after a clean although extremely hard hit ? What Thornton did was much closer to what Todd Bertuzzi did to Steve Moore . Both players skated a long way to reach the victim , then attacked them from behind . The only real differences was the outcome . Moore suffered a broken bone in his neck , Orpik a concussion . Bertuzzi got 20+ games and playoffs , so Thornton’s suspension is about right . I know having a Boston sweater on automatically reduces suspensions or results in none (Lucic running a vulnerable Ryan Miller comes to mind) . Thornton methodically hunted Orpik (like Bertuzzi did to Moore) , slew footed him (which is an INTENTINAL ACT , deliberate attempt to injure and should be 3-5 games minimum) then jumped him from behind (like Bertuzzi did to Moore) . Actions like those of Bertuzzi (who had never been suspended before) and Thornton are what the NHL needs to be rid of .
    Honest player or not does the NHL really need players that average 3 goals a season ?
    I believe that answer is an emphatic NO .
    I doubt Boston will have any trouble finding a 4th line knuckle dragger who can average 3 goals a year .

    • Katrina Capp

      What about Neal the repeat offender who did an intentional act and only got 5 games. I don’t think Thornton would do what he did again regardless of how long he’s suspended but there is no doubt in my mind that Neal will do what he did again. The whole point of punishment is to keep the person from doing the act again. Thornton has learned his lesson.

  • BostonDave

    Should be 5 games max given the circumstances and Thornton’s history. Hockey is a smash mouth sport and injury due to aggression happens on both sides of the puck for all teams. Every team has a de facto sergeant at arms and Thorton did what he felt he had to do, Orpick’s glass jaw notwithstanding.

    • Katrina Capp

      Given that Neal only got 5 games I totally agree.