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Shawn Thornton | Winger

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/23/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 217
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Shawn Thornton isn't sure what his future holds after the 2015-16 season, but right now he is open to continuing his career.
"Honestly, I don't know," said Thornton, who has one year remaining on his current contract. "I'm OK either way. I'm going on my 19th year pro, I think, and for my job, I'm very happy with what's happened over my career and I'm OK if I have to shut 'er down. If I have a tough year and that's it, then so be it, but if I happen to have a good year and things work out and somebody wants to give me a paycheck for another year, I'm more than happy to [continue playing]." Thornton dropped the gloves just six times in 46 appearances last season, but he can still play an energy role as a fourth liner even without the fighting. Aug 17 - 10:43 AM

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Shawn Thornton and Steven Kampfer will be scratched against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.

Thornton has seen just 43 games this season with 50 PIMs and 90 hits. Kampfer meanwhile has posted four points, 12 PIMs, 32 blocks, and 46 hits through just 23 games from the blue line. It will be his third straight from the stands.
Apr 4 - 5:47 PM

Forward Shawn Thornton will be a healthy scratch again when the Florida Panthers visit the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night.

It will be the second consecutive scratch for Thornton, who has notched only four points through 41 games this season.
Mar 28 - 6:52 PM

Shawn Thornton, Steven Kampfer, and Sam Brittain will each be scratched against Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.

Thornton has produced just four points, 48 PIMs, and 87 hits through 41 games this season. Meanwhile, Kampfer meanwhile has posted three points, 28 blocks, and 43 hits over 21 games from Florida's blue line. Not too shabby if you're looking for tough guy production in a pinch.
Mar 24 - 7:34 PM

Shawn Thornton played in his 600th NHL game on Saturday night.

What was probably even more special for Thornton is that it came against his former team, the Boston Bruins. The 37-year-old tough guy will never be confused with a big-time point scorer (92 points scored in his career) but he does have an impressive 954 penalty minutes to his name.
Mar 22 - 10:09 AM

Shawn Thornton, Tomas Kopecky, and Alex Petrovic will be scratched against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Only Thornton has much of any fantasy value between the three players. He's produced 48 PIMs and 80 hits in 39 games this season. Petrovic though has had a nice season with 21 blocks and 45 hits through 21 games.
Mar 17 - 6:57 PM

Shawn Thornton, Tomas Kopecky, and Alex Petrovic will be scratched against the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Of the three, only Thornton has a modicum of fantasy value. Through 39 games this season, the bruising forward has 48 PIMs and 80 hits. Though Petrovic's value appears to be rising, he's only accumulated 21 blocks and 45 hits through 21 games this season.
Mar 14 - 6:19 PM

Shawn Thornton will be scratched versus the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night.

The Panthers sit just two points shy of the Bruins for the final playoff slot in the East, so it's no wonder why Thornton won't see the ice. The 37 year old enforcer has just a goal, three points, and 48 PIMs, and 73 hits in 36 games this season.
Mar 3 - 7:31 PM

Shawn Thornton is a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against Tampa.

The 37-year-old has just one goal, three points and 48 penalty minutes in 36 games this season.
Mar 1 - 5:12 PM

Shawn Thornton and Sean Bergenheim will man the wings on either side of Derek MacKenzie to form Florida's fourth line on Tuesday night.

Thornton has played in only six games since Dec. 2nd, 2014, and 25 overall this season. He's managed to accumulate a pair of points, 29 PIMs and 55 hits in that time. Bergenheim meanwhile has eight goals and 18 points through 37 games thus far.
Feb 10 - 7:16 PM

Shawn Thornton is a healthy scratch in Sunday's game against the Predators.

Sean Bergenheim (flu) and Willie Mitchell (upper-body) were also scratched by the Panthers for this game.
Feb 8 - 3:24 PM

Shawn Thornton and Sean Bergenheim are healthy scratches in Thursday's game against the Kings.

Thornton has never been known for his offensive touch, and that trend has continued this season. The 37-year-old has just one goal and one assist in 25 games this season. Bergenheim is having a disappointing season and trade rumors are swirling in his case.
Feb 5 - 7:47 PM

Shawn Thornton (groin) is expected to return to the lineup on Thursday.

"It's been a while so I'm excited," Thornton said. "Jimmy [Hayes] told me today to settle things down a little. I was a little too jumpy. I have eight weeks of energy going." He hasn't played since Dec. 6 because of a groin injury
Jan 29 - 10:45 AM

Shawn Thornton (groin) isn't expected to play Tuesday against Detroit.

The Panthers tough guy may be ready to return on Thursday versus Columbus. Thornton has been sidelined since Dec. 6 with a groin injury.
Jan 27 - 8:37 AM

Shawn Thornton practised for the first time since injuring his groin muscle on December 6th.

He skated on a make-shift fifth line alongside Brandon Pirri and Vincent Trocheck, who are once again likely to be scratched against the Oilers Saturday night. There is no timetable for Thornton's return but it does appear he will be able to play soon after the All-Star break. If you are in need of penalty minutes don't forget about Thornton later this month.
Jan 17 - 10:31 AM

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2Aleksander Barkov
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Rocco Grimaldi
6Marc Savard
LW1Jonathan Huberdeau
2Jussi Jokinen
3Brandon Pirri
4Quinton Howden
5Connor Brickley
RW1Jaromir Jagr
2Reilly Smith
3Vincent Trocheck
4Shawn Thornton
D1Aaron Ekblad
2Brian Campbell
3Dmitry Kulikov
4Erik Gudbranson
5Willie Mitchell
6Alex Petrovic
7Steven Kampfer
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya