In the last two years, Joe Thornton has worked hard to shake the reputation he's earned in the NHL as a passive player. He's been tougher, more aggressive and more assertive. Joe Thornton has been clutch, which is something a lot of us probably thought we'd never associate with Joe Thornton.
And yet, Joe Thornton calling someone or something else "soft" is like Tony Romo questioning another quarterback's late-game mental fortitude. It's like Jay Leno calling another comedian "stale."
After the San Jose Sharks lost to the New York Rangers, 5-2, on Monday night, Thornton said (via CSN Bay Area's Kevin Kurz):
Their performance against the Rangers was their worst of the trip, and it was a game that they should have won fairly easily, if you believe the captain.
"To be honest with you, they were probably the softest team we played against on this road trip," said Joe Thornton. "We played some good teams, and I think we probably should have beat these guys, to be honest with you."