Jumbo Joe a no go for Bruins

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:08 PM ET

Joe Thornton won't be at the Corel Centre tonight.

The Boston Bruins arrived in town last night from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., minus their captain -- who returned to Beantown to have his aching back looked at and he's not expected to return before next week.

"He saw people (on Wednesday)," Boston coach Mike Sullivan said. "The only change would be that I don't think it's fair to say his status is day-to-day. It's going to be longer. How long it is going to be? I don't know. He's a big part of our team, he's our captain, he's our best player, and when he's not in the lineup, he's difficult to replace. We feel as though we have people who are capable and our expectation is to win."

Even without Thornton in the lineup, the Bruins have looked good and they're coming off a 5-2 win over Florida on Thursday.

Meanwhile, former 67's defenceman Nick Boynton ended his contract dispute and signed a one-year, $1.75-million US deal Thursday and he could play tonight for Boston.

"Enough was enough," said Boynton. "I talked to (GM Mike O'Connell) and it was time to start playing. For personal reasons, it was time to get it going. I want to play and you get to a certain point when nothing was happening. Now, I want to go out and have a good year and try to help this team win a Stanley Cup."

bruce.garrioch@ott.sunpub.com


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