Bettman heard Thornton's appeal at a hearing in New York last Friday. Bettman said he believes Thornton was looking for retribution for Orpik's earlier hit on Bruins teammate Loui Eriksson, who suffered a concussion. Thornton has seven days to make that decision. Thornton appealed that decision on Dec. Again, I note that Mr. Thornton has a reputation for being a 'good actor' and a model NHL citizen, but that does not eliminate the need for him to be punished appropriately for his bad act in this case," the commissioner wrote. Buffalo Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta is the only player to use this appeals process under the current collective bargaining agreement, and no player has gone to the neutral arbitrator.