Thornton has retired from professional hockey and joined the Panthers' executive staff as the vice president of business operations.
Thornton will take his talents from the penalty box to the luxury box, as he will strive to build the Florida franchise for the next generation. The 12-year veteran finishes his career with just 102 points in 705 games, but that's because his career was never truly focused on scoring -- Thornton will be remembered for his punishing style of play that cleared the way for his teammates, for which he received an astounding 1,103 penalty minutes.
Thornton announced Thursday that he intends to retire at the end of this season, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Thornton will skip the Panthers' last contest, so he'll play his final NHL game in the team's penultimate tilt Saturday against the Sabres. If the plan holds, he'll finish with 705 career NHL games. While he's only contributed four points over 48 contests and has topped 20 points just once over the course of his long career, the big man thrived in his role as an enforcer. His biggest output came in 2011-12, when he racked up 154 penalty minutes and 91 hits. The 39-year-old will reportedly transition to a front-office role with the Panthers.
Thornton scored a second-period goal during Thursday's win over Arizona.
The tally snapped a 12-game point drought and was just the fourth point of the season for the veteran winger. His 60 penalty minutes still move the needle, but otherwise, Thornton offers absolutely no fantasy value and is best ignored in all settings.
Thornton has only dressed for 15 games this year, contributing a single assist along the way.
The 37-year-old enforcer has never been known for his offense (99 points in 670 career games), but it's worth noting that he's only recorded seven PIM this year. Thornton used to be known for his pugilistic contributions and maintained value in some settings due to his time spent in the sin bin (1043 career PIM), but with such a lack of playing time, there's nothing left here to latch onto for fantasy purposes.
Thornton collected an assist in Saturday's 2-1 shootout win over the Blue Jackets.
The veteran pugilist recorded his first point of the season in what was his fourth appearance of 2016-17. Thornton rarely plays thanks to his frequent banishment to the press box as a healthy scratch, making him about as irrelevant a player as any for fantasy purposes.
Thornton will make his season debut Saturday afternoon against the Sabres, Joe Yerdon of NHL.com reports.
Panthers coach Gerard Gallant has shuffled the active lineup ahead of the upcoming contest against the bottom dwellers of the Eastern Conference, and that includes giving Thornton and defenseman Steven Kampfer their first taste of game action this season. Still, Thornton isn't likely to be much of a factor in fantasy leagues, as he scored only 10 points in 96 games with the Cats over the last two seasons.
Thornton hasn't suited up for a game yet this season.
The tough guy got into 50 games last year, but even with some injuries up front, the Panthers haven't yet brought him out of the press box. That leaves his value pretty much nil even in fantasy formats that utilize Thornton's two best categories, hits and PIM.
The Panthers agreed to terms with Thornton on a one-year contract extension Thursday.
Thornton is a 12-year veteran lauded for his work ethic and role as a leader. While he's not very impactful in the fantasy realm with just three points and 50 PIM in 35 games, Thornton appears to be in the good graces of management. "Shawn is a highly respected and hardworking member of our hockey club, both on and off the ice," general manager Dale Tallon said. "His experience and leadership have made a positive impact on our locker room and on our young players as they continue their development."
Thornton tallied an assist while taking one shot on goal and posting a minus-1 in Monday's loss to Edmonton.
Thornton is averaging only 8:32 of ice time per game, but did muster up his first assist of the season on Monday. In 25 games, serving as a healthy scratch for a number of others, he has a goal and an assist while also picking up 44 penalty minutes.
Thornton is likely to be scratched from Friday night's contest against the Islanders, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
This item is mostly a heads up for Panthers fans as Thornton has probably gone unnoticed in many fantasy leagues since he hasn't recorded a point in 12 games. He does have 35 PIM, however, so not all is lost.
Thornton is slated to be scratched for Saturday's game against the Lightning, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.Thornton is coming off one of his best games of the season, where he got an assist and posted a plus-1 rating; however, with Scottie Upshall returning to the lineup, Thornton finds himself as the odd man out. His already limited fantasy value takes an even bigger hit if he's out of the lineup.
Thornton tallied an assist on Vincent Trocheck's first third period goal and posted a plus-1 rating in Thursday's 6-1 victory over the Hurricanes.This was Thornton's fifth point of the season (one goal, four assists) and the first time he's posted a positive rating since Nov. 11, which is the only other time he's posted a positive rating all season. Thornton has limited fantasy value for the Panthers' final four games of the season.
Thornton is slated to be scratched for Thursday's game against the Red Wings, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.Thornton has been seeing limited ice time when he actually plays, posting a minus-1 in 7:58 of ice time on Sunday against the Rangers. The 37-year-old has four points on the season and with him struggling to find his footing in the lineup, he has extremely limited fantasy value.
Thornton posted a minus-1 with two shots on goal in 8:27 of ice time in Thursday's loss to the Blackhawks.Thornton has only seen more than 10 minutes of ice time four times in 2015. He is not afraid to pick up penalty minutes¿he has 48 in 35 games played¿but his inconsistent ice time and his inability to score points¿his last point came on Nov. 24¿gives him limited fantasy value.
Thornton (groin) was activated from injured reserve Thursday.Thornton is ready to return after missing the last 20 games with his groin injury. He will take the ice Thursday night for the Panthers' matchup with the Blue Jackets, but it's not certain which line he will join out of the gate.
Thornton (groin) is expected to play Thursday against the Blue Jackets, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports.
Thornton (groin) is not yet ready to return, but is closing in, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.The report indicates that Thornton will likely miss Tuesday's game against the Red Wings. However, it also suggests he is close, meaning Thursday could still be a realistic timetable for his return to the lineup.
Thornton (groin) is expected to remain on injured reserve through the end of the All-Star break, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.It doesn't sound like Thornton is experiencing any sort of setback in his recovery from the injury; he's simply caught up in a numbers game. With no room for him to break into the lineup on the fourth line, Thornton probably will serve as a healthy scratch once he's formally activated.
Thornton (groin) resumed skating with the team Wednesday morning and appears ready to play, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Thornton (groin) got in a conditioning skate Friday morning, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.While it represents a positive development for Thornton, his return to the lineup shouldn't be considered imminent until he begins practicing with the rest of the Florida regulars. The fourth-line tough guy has been out since early December with the injury.
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