While some of his teammates where in Russia at the Olympics, the Bruins' Shawn Thornton took advantage of the NHL break for a little R&R in the DR.
"We went to the Domincan Republic for 6 1/2 days," Thornton told Michael Felger on Cross Check. "Papi [the Red Sox's David Ortiz] hooked us up. It was great...I don't mind the break. It only comes once every four years. I had that six-week break [his 15-game supension earlier this season] so, the timing maybe wasn't right for me."
Felger asked Thornton if there's anything the players can do to convince owner to keep sending NHLers to the Olympics. Sentiment among owners for it seems to be waning.
"I have no clue," Thornton said. "We talked about it a lot during the lockout [before last season]. A lot of it has to do with if growing the game over-weighs the 17 days of losing games."