“…..I don’t like him.”
Shawn Thornton stated the obvious this morning on the Toucher & Rich morning show and admitted he wasn’t the biggest fan of Phil Kessel. “I don’t know if we’re better off without him, but I know he wasn’t the best fit.” Granted it took some prodding from the T&R, but it was nice to finally hear it. After discussing the team’s dynamic with & without Kessel, Thornton talked about the crowd’s reaction to Phil the Thrill’s return on Saturday night. “I hope he didn’t come here thinking he was going to get cheered whenever touched the puck.” He mentioned that there are some players who love getting the hate from the crowd, but from the looks of it, Phil isn’t one of them. Pitty. Not really.
Phil Kessel isn’t the only one on Thornton’s shit list. Thornton is evidently still a tad bitter that his former linemate, Byron Bitz, left him for the glamorous first line. “I don’t know anyone by the name Byron Bitz…” You can hear the entire interview on the Toucher & Rich podcast (fast forward to 26:10 for the interveiw) on 98.5 The Sports Hub.