If possible I wouldn't mind Thornton, Phaneuf and a second pairing defenseman. I'm sure, with Thornton battling on the boards and giving some of our guys some on the money passes and Phaneuf with a more than decent shot out back, that we could generate a bit more grittiness and offense in a playoff series. I still think we need some sort of net crashing/goalie screening goal scorer. Joe has always been a setup guy.
Thornton + Pulkkinen = twine rips!
Cheechoo got 54 goals on a line with Thornton. Imagine what a pure shooter could do with Jumbo Joe.