By Joe Haggerty
NEW YORK Shawn Thornton was honored and a little humbled after being named the Boston Bruins' nominee for the Masterton Trophy, given to the player who shows perseverance and dedication to hockey while overcoming odds or giving back to charity in numerous ways. Thornton qualifies on any number of fronts for the honor, and was truly appreciative for the consideration following Mondays morning skate at Madison Square Garden.In addition to the myriad charity endeavors Thornton has become involved in as a full-time resident of Boston over the last four years and the professional attitude he takes in the Bs dressing room, hes also enjoying his best season in the NHL with a career-high 9 goals and 18 points. Not too shabby for a 33-year-old whos had to punch and grind his way into a full-time NHL job, and was certainly deserving of a nomination for the prestigious award.Ageless wonder Mark Recchi was the Boston nominee last year after putting up a fantastic individual season as a 42-year-old wonder to the hockey world.Its an honor. Id like to thank the writers for thinking of me, said Thornton, who is doubtful for Monday nights game against the Rangers because of the 40-stitch cut he suffered on his head last week against the Blackhawks. Its certainly been a long grind for me getting here. Its finally paid off.Thornton was happy to get rid of the visor on his helmet for the morning skate at Madison Square Garden, and said he wasnt going to be playing with it when he does return to the ice. The Bs enforcer also expected that the stitches will be removed from his forehead on Tuesday when the team returns back to Boston.Joe Haggerty can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
BUFFALO – The Bruins went back for another young defenseman with the 49th overall pick in the second round and drafted Minnesota-born Ryan Lindgren, who will be playing for the Gophers this season as another college hockey product in the B’s system.
The 6-foot, 198-pound Lindgren is a hard-nosed, high-character defenseman that didn’t blow away scouts with any one tool, but was solid with six goals and 25 points in 61 games for the US National Development Team Program Under-18 team last season.
Lindgren has good hockey bloodlines as the younger brother of Montreal Canadiens goalie Charlie Lindgren and would be more of a solid all-around defenseman rather than an offensive D-man like first-round pick Charlie McAvoy.
“I honestly could not be more excited,” said Lindgren. “They are one of the teams that seemed like they had a lot of interest in me. When you get selected by a team like the Boston Bruins, everyone knows what a great organization they are. I really could not be more excited.
“I think I’m a leader on and off the ice, and bring a good compete level. I bring it every day. I think more of a defensive defenseman, but I think I’ve got some offensive ability in my game as well. I’m a guy who’s going to be physical, going to bring it every game, block shots. [I am] going to do what he has to do to help the team.”
The choice of Lindgren is a nice bounce-back pick for the Bruins on Day 2 after reaching a bit for Trent Frederic at the end of the first round on Friday night. The Bruins could end up regretting that choice if second-round picks such as Alex DeBrincat or Pascal Laberge end up developing into high-end forwards in the NHL.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while there’s a beautiful day going on outside in Buffalo.
*D-man Jakob Chychrun says that he wasn’t stressing dropping into the middle of the first round before the Arizona Coyotes picked him.
*It’s a great piece of video from Friday night’s first round as Tyson Jost’s grandpa became a sobbing, proud man when his grandson was taken early in the first round of the NHL Draft.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believing that Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning crossed the line by publicly expressing interest in P.K. Subban.
*Evander Kane is being investigated on a couple of harassment claims in the Buffalo area, a tough development during NHL Draft weekend there.
*The Blue Jackets had the biggest surprise of the first round by drafting Pierre-Luc Dubois with the third overall pick in the first round. They must think he’s going to be a center long term.
*The Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild are talking trade for a D-man, but none of the defensemen names moved on Friday night.
*For something completely different: Adam Kaufman gives his take on the draft night for the Celtics.
One of the Bruins' defenseman trade targets is off the market.
Dmitry Kulikov was traded from Florida Panthers to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday. He was on Boston's list of usual suspects for D-men.
Buffalo traded defenseman Mark Pysyk and the 38th and 89th pick to Florida for the 25-year old Kulikov and pick No. 33.
The Bruins had discussed a Kulikov deal with the Panthers last week.