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BOSTON (CBS) – Many of the Boston Bruins were a little nervous on Monday as the NHL Trade Deadline approached.
As they were called into Claude Julien’s office, the Bruins coach had to comfort them that the meeting was only to watch some film, and they were not heading out-of-town.
For Shawn Thornton, he had a plan to avoid all that.
“I faked being sick so they couldn’t trade me, that’s all,” Thornton joked with 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich Thursday morning. “I turned my phones off. I was like ‘they can’t get rid of me.’”
Unfortunately for Thornton, he was actually sick for the Bruins recent road trip.
“It progressed into pneumonia is what it ended up as,” Thornton said. “When I talked a few weeks ago, I just lost my voice; it turned into a cough and a respiratory thing. It was a long road trip, let’s put it that way.”
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Thornton did not go anywhere at the deadline, with Peter Chiarelli bringing in defensemen Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon and forward Brian Rolston.
“All the guys we brought in are all really good guys, so it’s good to see,” said Thornton.
He especially likes having Mottau around, who Thornton is familiar with. Mottau is a local product, and the two have run into each other during the offseason. Mottau grew up a Bruins fan and is ecstatic to finally be playing for the team he followed as a kid.
“We were laughing (in the locker room), he was there before me the other day. He had all his Bruins gear on and me and the strength coach were asking if he brought that sucker from home or if he had to get it from the back room,” Thornton joked of Mottau.
As for the team’s recent struggles, Thornton says the Bruins are a bit shorthanded, but will not make any excuses for their slump.
“We’re definitely missing Horty (Nathan Horton), definitely missing Pevs (Rich Peverley); those guys are two of our top 6-7 forwards in our lineup, and we’re definitely missing them,” he said. “But at the same time other guys should be able to step up; our line included. We haven’t been able to put the puck in the net as much as we’d like either. It’s not from lack of trying or lack of chances; they’re just not going in as of late.”
“I’d rather have it happen in the second half of January and February than March and April. So let’s hope we’re going the other way now that March is here.”
One thing Thornton wanted to clear up was speculation he had a head injury. That was not the case, and he made CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty pay for his speculating, banning him from asking questions in the B’s locker room for a week.
“It was a week, but I’m debating extending that for another few days. Maybe 10 days,” he said of his Haggs ban. “You can’t just speculate a head injury. If I had one, we don’t hide them anyway. I told him to wake up.”
Listen to Thornton’s take on fighting bigger opponents, and how he answers a question from Adolfo: