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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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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

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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

There is some question as to whether Shawn Thornton will be back in Boston next season.

Thornton is an unrestricted free agent and Bruin GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters that he believed the NHL game was trending away from fighting and that he wanted to add speed to his lineup for 2014-15. Those comments can not be viewed as positive for a Thornton return to Beantown.
May 17 - 9:52 AM

Shawn Thornton was fined the maximum of $2,820.52 for his unsportsman-like conduct in Game 5.

Thornton was on the bench and squirted the Canadiens' P.K. Subban with his water bottle at the 19:13 mark of the final period. It was the most the NHL could fine him under the CBA. Game 6 will be played in Montreal on Monday.
Source: NHL.com
May 11 - 11:19 AM

Shawn Thornton appeared to have sustained a serious right knee injury after he missed a check on P.K. Subban Saturday night.

He left the game with the assistance favouring the knee but returned later in the game. Thornton didn't like that Subban had "low bridged" him which is a dangerous play but the two seemed to sort out their differnces and nothing further developped. Thronton should be fine for Monday's Game 3.
May 4 - 1:11 PM

Shawn Thornton registered an assist and a team-high five hits in Tuesday's win over Detroit.

He forecheck helped set up Jordan Caron's goal. Thornton logged only 8:26 of ice time in Game 3, but he played a strong match. He had eight points and 74 penalty minutes in 64 games during the regular season.
Apr 23 - 8:11 AM

Shawn Thornton doesn't think players will end up taking it too easy during the Olympic break.

Those that aren't playing in Sochi will get to spend some time vacationing before they have to return to their team's for practice. That creates potential problems as teams or players that have momentum could lose it and players could get rusty. Still, Thornton is confident that those NHLers on break won't lose sight of the bigger picture. "Guys do a pretty good job of staying in shape during the break," he said. "They may take 4-5 days off to enjoy it at first, but then everybody is back working out wherever they are. Nobody gets out of shape anymore. Everybody takes care of themselves." He added that it might be in contrast to 2010, where he felt guys were a little sloppy in the games immediately after the break. It helps that those not participating in the Olympics will have a week of team practices before play resumes.
Feb 11 - 9:48 AM

If you are looking for some penalty minutes, you might want to consider starting Shawn Thornton Saturday afternoon against the Oilers.

The Oilers just acquired tough defenseman Mark Fraser from the Maple Leafs and he will no doubt be looking to show his new team what he's made of. We can't think of a better candidate for him to challenge than Thornton, whom he fought in last year's playoffs. Fraser has also fought with Boston defenseman Adam McQuaid, but he is injured, so our money is on a Fraser/Thornton bout.
Feb 1 - 8:51 AM

Shawn Thornton returned from his 15-game suspension on Saturday.

Thornton was punished for repeatedly hitting Brooks Orpik in the head after he had knocked the Penguins defenseman down. He was credited with a shot on goal and blocked shot in his return. He also logged 8:42 minutes in Boston's 1-0 win over San Jose.
Jan 12 - 9:12 AM

Shawn Thornton will be back in the Boston lineup after sitting out 15 games due to a suspension.

He was punished for repeatedly hitting Brooks Orpik in the head. Thonton, who will skatein his usual spot on the Bruins' fourth line, is excited to be returning. "It's been a long, long, long time," Thornton said. "I don't want to sound like I'm bitching, like I'm the victim here, but five weeks is a long time not to be playing. I'm looking forward to [Saturday], to hopefully play and start moving forward, focusing on the tasks ahead and not on the past." Thornton may try to behave himself a little upon his return so if you are counting on him for penalty minutes, we would advise you hold off on activating him.
Source: NESN.com
Jan 11 - 9:11 AM

Shawn Thornton said he's still friends with Brooks Orpik.

Thornton just completed a 15-game suspension for knocking Orpik down and then repeatedly punching Orpik in the head. Orpik ended up with a concussion as a result. "He basically said things happen in the heat of the moment, that he's been guilty of it, too," Thornton said. "He's feeling better. That helped a lot. I still have to text him congrats for making the Olympic team. I keep forgetting to do it."
Jan 10 - 1:53 PM

Shawn Thornton has finished serving his 15-game suspension.

Thornton received the lengthy ban for his attack on Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik back on Dec. 7. He is eligible to return to Boston's lineup on Saturday night versus San Jose. In 27 contests, he has three goals and 41 penalty minutes.
Jan 10 - 7:47 AM

Shawn Thornton is eager to return to Boston's lineup from his 15-game suspension.

"I've been itching (to play) for a while," said Thornton, who is eligible to return for Saturday's game in San Jose. "I can see it now, at least, getting ready for Saturday. Probably since last Saturday I've been a little more focused and positive as far as trying to get ready for this first game back after having five weeks off. I'm sure it's going to be a little bit of an adjustment, but we'll work through it." He has three goals and 41 penalty minutes in 27 contests.
Jan 8 - 8:54 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Aleksander Barkov
2Nick Bjugstad
3Dave Bolland
4Derek MacKenzie
5Brandon 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
6Alex Petrovic
7Aaron Ekblad
G1Roberto Luongo
2Al Montoya
3Dan Ellis