WILMINGTON, Mass. — At around the same time the NHL announced its four-game suspension for Daniel Paille, Bruins head coach Claude Julien let Shawn Thornton leave practice earlier because the winger “wasn’t 100 percent.”
All in all, it was an eventful day for players wearing Merlot-colored practice jerseys at Ristuccia Arena.
Paille’s suspension came after a hearing with NHL VP Mike Murphy. He begin to serve it tomorrow when the Bruins host San Jose.
Julien said that Thornton will be OK to play against the Sharks, adding “players are banged up this time of year.”
Tyler Seguin and Gregory Campbell were the other forwards wearing Merlot. Zach Hamill, just summoned from the Providence (AHL) farm club centered a gray-wearing line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder. The other two lines stayed the way they’ve been.
Hamill will get a chance to add to his NHL game total (which stands at one) tomorrow afternoon.
“This is where I wanted to be at the start of [the season] and we’re in February now,” said Hamill, who enjoyed a solid NHL camp before the Bruins departed for Europe in the fall. “So, definitely it was a slow start … but it’s all right now.”