Coach Todd McLellan disclosed his choice shortly after the team completed practice at the Globe Arena and one day before San Jose opens the 2010-11 season here Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Thornton jokingly likened his new responsibilities to his becoming a first-time father this past summer: “I have to look after one kid at home and 22 on the road.” McLellan also announced that Dan Boyle will wear a “permanent ‘A’ ” on his jersey as a full-time assistant captain while Patrick Marleau and Ryane Clowe will share the other assistant position. Marleau will have the responsibility at home games, Clowe on the road.
“You grow as you age, and you kind of mature as a player,” Thornton said. “I think you become more comfortable in your skin. Back then, you maybe let your game speak louder than your words and I think now you consider both. You can stand up and tell guys how it is or just go out and play.”