On Tuesday, former Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton joined Gresh and Keefe during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and was asked what he thought of the return of Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci to the Bruins for what could be the ‘last dance’ for the current Bruins’ core.
“That core has been together for a long time,” Thornton said, “I think this town has been pretty fortunate about that core being able to stay together. They've brought in some ancillary pieces around them, some really good ones like Pasta [David Pastrnak] and some other guys.”
“For them to come back another year, the town should be excited. You don't have that run forever. It doesn't last for 20 or 30 years, so we should probably embrace what's going on this year. Who knows how long they're going to be around."
Thornton called Krejci, who recently returned to the Bruins after a year away from the team, a "such a good human being" and a "special type of player." He also said he originally found out Krejci would be returning to Boston at Tuukka Rask's wedding in July.
"We were talking a little bit over there and he was telling me he was leaning towards coming back," the former Bruin said.
"I'm excited for him. 'Krech' is such a good human being. I think he’s at like 900-and-something  games too, so this will get him over his 1,000th."
Of Bergeron, who also signed a one-year deal to come back for Boston's "Last Dance," Thornton had to balance his happiness with the Bruins captain's return with a little Atlantic Division rivalry.
"I'm glad that 'Bergy' is coming back for another year or two. His number is going to go in the rafters one day. He’s a future Hall of Famer," Thornton, who is now an executive with the Florida Panthers serving as their Chief Revenue Office, said. “It’s good for the Bruins. Maybe not so good for the Panthers that those two come back because they’re in the same division, but I'm friends with those guys, I've played with them, and I'm very excited they decided to come back for another year.”
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