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Shawn Thornton | Winger

Team: Florida Panthers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/23/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 217
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Shawn Thornton (groin) has been moved to injured reserve.
The Panthers made the move to get Aleksander Barkov and Scottie Upshall back into the lineup for Tuesday's game versus Washington. Thornton hasn't played since Dec. 6 due to a groin injury. Dec 17 - 10:37 AM

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Shawn Thornton and Shane O'Brien will be scratches against the Red Wings on Friday night.

With a win, Florida can tie Boston with 31 points in the second Wild Card slot and with two games in hand.
Dec 12 - 7:25 PM

Shawn Thornton (groin) did not skate on Thursday.

Thornton's groin has been an issue for the past couple of weeks. He was not in the lineup for Monday's loss to St. Louis and it's unclear if he'll play against Detroit on Friday.
Dec 12 - 10:12 AM

Shawn Thornton (groin) was back in Florida's lineup on Tuesday.

He sat out Monday's game with facial injuries and a slight groin strain, but he was ready to go against Detroit.
Dec 3 - 8:25 AM

Shawn Thornton is dealing with some groin soreness in addition to the injuries he suffered to his face on Friday.

He was struck by a puck, which resulted in stitches to his lip and it loosened some teeth. Thornton didn't play on Monday and he's questionable for Tuesday's match in Detroit.
Dec 2 - 7:53 AM

Shawn Thornton (face) didn't participate in Sunday's practice.

He was struck in the face by a puck on Friday. It isn't clear if he'll be available for Monday's game at Columbus at this time.
Dec 1 - 11:01 AM

Shawn Thornton scored his first goal of the season in the Florida Panthers' 4-1 loss to the visiting Minnesota Wild Monday night.

On a night when the Panthers were pretty well dominated on their home ice by the Wild, Thornton turned in a decent night, registering three hits and two shots on net to go along with his team's lone goal.
Nov 24 - 11:33 PM

Shawn Thornton was touched by the ovation he got from the Boston crowd on Tuesday night.

"Pretty touching, very, very kind," Thornton. "To get a standing ovation from a visiting arena is pretty special." The former Bruins tough guy was playing in his first game back in Boston as a member of the Florida Panthers. He played seven seasons with the Bruins and won the Stanley Cup with the club in 2010-11.
Nov 5 - 8:34 AM

The Florida Panthers moved Shawn Thornton in their lineup for Jimmy Hayes on Saturday.

Thornton would most likely make a difference if he gets a fighting major. Neither are big impact players in fantasy, overall.
Oct 18 - 6:43 PM

Shawn Thornton is nursing a lower-body injury.

He missed Monday's game against Ottawa as a result and he didn't skate on Wednesday. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Oct 16 - 11:11 AM

Shawn Thornton was eager to show that he'll protect his teammates this year in Florida by engaging in a pair of fights during Saturday's 4-1 preseason loss against Nashville.

"I'd like to contribute in other ways but over my career, a lot of it has been sticking up for my teammates, so I won't change now," said Thornton, who signed with the Panthers after the Bruins decided to let him go. He's projected to play on the fourth line this campaign alongside Derek Mackenzie and Tomas Kopecky or Jimmy Hayes.
Sep 30 - 10:38 AM

Once it became clear the Boston Bruins wouldn't re-sign Shawn Thornton, Florida became his top choice.

"It's no different than anything in life," said Thornton. "You spend seven and a half years somewhere, you're going to have a lot of ties and you're going to have a lot of memories. I was fortunate to be on a pretty good team the last five years that I was here, so it was a lot of fond memories. But I'm excited for the next chapter." Thornton signed a two-year, $2.4 million contract with the Panthers over the summer. He likes the direction the team's headed in and is familiar with Florida GM Dale Tallon as they both used to be members of the Chicago Blackhawks' organization.
Aug 1 - 9:10 AM

The Florida Panthers have signed Shawn Thornton to a two-year/$2.4 million deal.

The Panthers needed some grit and tenacity up front and Shawn Thornton will provide just that. He had eight points and 74 penalty minutes in 64 games with Boston last season and should get over 100 minutes next year with the Panthers.
Jul 1 - 1:27 PM

Shawn Thornton appreciates Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli did the "classy thing" by letting him know in advance that Boston would not re-sign him this summer.

That allows Thornton to start the process of finding a new home sooner. He doesn't do much offensively, but he's a strong, gritty forward and would look good on a number of teams' fourth line.
Jun 17 - 8:42 AM

Shawn Thornton has been informed by the Bruins that they won't be re-signing him.

As a result, he will be an unrestricted free agent in July. Thornton is a strong fourth-line player with leadership abilities, so he shouldn't have much of a problem finding a job somewhere else.
Jun 16 - 4:16 PM

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C1Nick Bjugstad
2Dave Bolland
3Aleksander Barkov
4Vincent Trocheck
5Derek MacKenzie
6Brandon Pirri
LW1Jussi Jokinen
2Jonathan Huberdeau
3Tomas Fleischmann
4Sean Bergenheim
RW1Brad Boyes
2Scottie Upshall
3Tomas Kopecky
4Shawn Thornton
5Jimmy Hayes
D1Brian Campbell
2Dmitry Kulikov
3Erik Gudbranson
4Willie Mitchell
5Dylan Olsen
6Aaron Ekblad
7Jesse Blacker
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya