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07:46 AM ET 12.25 | In upholding Shawn Thornton's 15-game suspension, Gary Bettman offered that the incident was "a bad act with a bad result, and neither will be tolerated in our game." Bettman very clearly confirms that protecting the brains of players is of paramount importance, and decisive action will be taken to discourage excessive and unnecessary force that may result in irreversible brain damage. Thornton will now have seven days to appeal Bettman's decision to an independent arbitrator. ... The extent of the harm delivered together with the weight of the concussion lawsuits and evolving sensibilities conspired to preserve Thornton's suspension. Bettman's decision was not only predictable, but it was also prudent. ... Thornton's chances of success on appeal to an independent arbitrator are bleak.

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December 25, 2013  09:19 AM ET

If You Do The Crime Be Prepared To Do The Time, Bro.





Merry Christmas Everyone!

December 25, 2013  10:17 AM ET

Christmas turkey?

December 25, 2013  10:41 AM ET

It is what it is.

December 25, 2013  10:50 AM ET

From what I've been reading, this action is not typical of Thornton. It seems like he let his emotions get carried away and just snapped. Its an unfortunate situation. Unfortunate for Thornton, for Boston and for Pittsburgh. (We still don't know when Orpik will be back.) Hope he learns from this, just like I hope Neal learned his lesson from his suspension.

December 25, 2013  11:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Christmas turkey?

Looks like Thornton got a lump of Bettman in his stocking this morning.

December 25, 2013  11:48 AM ET

"Bettman very clearly confirms that protecting the brains of players is of paramount importance.."

... but, since most players don't have any, there's nothing to protect. So, let the elbows fly!

December 25, 2013  12:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

From what I've been reading, this action is not typical of Thornton. It seems like he let his emotions get carried away and just snapped. Its an unfortunate situation.

Isn't that what happens to most hockey players who do stupid things on the ice and to most people too?

Can't imagine this exchange in court:
-- "Sorry, Your Honor but, my client just snapped."
-- "Oh, he snapped? Well, why didn't you say so? That makes all the difference in the world. I'll let him go this time. But ... don't let it happen again, you hear?"

December 25, 2013  01:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Looks like Thornton got a lump of Bettman in his stocking this morning.

Isn't that usually found stuck to the bottom of your shoe?

December 25, 2013  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Isn't that what happens to most hockey players who do stupid things on the ice and to most people too?Can't imagine this exchange in court:-- "Sorry, Your Honor but, my client just snapped." -- "Oh, he snapped? Well, why didn't you say so? That makes all the difference in the world. I'll let him go this time. But ... don't let it happen again, you hear?"

Honest Judge this is the first time I ever drove while drunk and I'm sorry about that bus full of Nuns.

He still needs to do his time, but I'm just trying to put it in perspective. Its not like he was a Matt Cooke leading up to this.

December 25, 2013  03:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

From what I've been reading, this action is not typical of Thornton. It seems like he let his emotions get carried away and just snapped. Its an unfortunate situation. Unfortunate for Thornton, for Boston and for Pittsburgh. (We still don't know when Orpik will be back.) Hope he learns from this, just like I hope Neal learned his lesson from his suspension.

Well put, and just add in "or Eriksson" after "Orpik" and it's perfect.

 
December 26, 2013  05:34 AM ET

Well.....it is what it is. He's gonna have to deal with it.

Happy Boxing Day and belated Xmas! Lol....hope everyone enjoyed a great day yesterday and may today be full of joy and doin the nasty! :-0

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