Thorburn announced his retirement Monday.
Thorburn played 14 years in the NHL, in which he logged 801 games for Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Winnipeg and St. Louis. Over the course of his career, the winger racked up 53 goals, 81 assists and 691 shots, along with 968 PIM. The veteran only appeared in four postseason contests with Winnipeg during the 2014-15 campaign but still got the opportunity to lift Lord Stanley's Cup last year when the Blues clinched their victory.
Thorburn was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Friday, Chris Pinkert of the Blues' official site reports.
Thorburn was waived by the Blues on Oct. 1, then spent almost all of the 2018-19 campaign with AHL San Antonio. The Ontario native logged seven points through 40 games in the minors this season and looks to stay on the team throughout their postseason run.
Thorburn was assigned to AHL San Antonio on Monday, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
It's been a busy October for Thorburn, as he has already been waived, recalled, and now sent back down to the minors by the Blues. Based on this, the veteran forward could see himself yo-yoing back and forth this season as the team sees fit.
Thorburn was called up to St. Louis on Friday.
The Blues actually waived Thorburn on Monday, but he passed through unclaimed, hence the reason why he was available to be recalled from AHL San Antonio. Still, Thorburn is a bottom-six filler at best, so he can safely be ignored in most fantasy hockey setups.
Thorburn was waived by the Blues on Monday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Thorburn played just 50 games last season and averaged 7:02 per outing, so the move was expected, especially with how well the Blues' prospects performed in training camp. He's the definition of an enforcer with eight fighting majors and seven points last season.
Thorburn has zero points and a minus-1 rating through two preseason games.
Thorburn is accustomed to his job being in jeopardy, as he was waived at the trade deadline last season but went unclaimed and returned to the Blues' roster. The 35-year-old played 50 games last season and averaged just 7:02 of ice time, recording seven points and eight fighting majors. St. Louis has young forwards itching for bottom-six minutes, so the team may not be able to hang onto Thorburn for Opening Night.
Thorburn averaged just 7:02 of ice time during 2017-18, potting one goal and six assists through 50 games of action.
Although Thorburn's never been much of a point-producer -- his career high is 19 -- he's now gone two seasons without clearing the double-digit mark, all while averaging less than 7:15 of ice time. Nonetheless, he's still kept up his physical numbers and maintained an enforcer mentality, totaling 99 hits and 60 PIM during the campaign.
Thorburn scored the game-tying goal in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
This was Thorburn's first goal in 82 games, and it couldn't have come at a better time, as it led the Blues into overtime and helped them gain a valuable point despite the loss. Scoring isn't Thorburn's strong suit, but Blues fans should be ecstatic to see their enforcer contribute outside of hits and fights.
Thorburn (illness) is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Stars, per the NHL roster report.
Thorburn missed Friday's practice session due to an illness, but it won't prevent him from drawing in for Saturday's contest. However, his availability shouldn't have a large overall impact on fantasy decisions given that the winger averages fewer than 10 minutes of ice time per contest.
Thorburn did not practice Friday due to illness, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Thorburn should be considered questionable for Saturday's matchup against the Stars until more information surfaces. Even if he's ultimately able to go for the Blues, Thorburn doesn't see much ice time -- 7:10 per game -- and remains off the fantasy radar in nearly all formats.
Thorburn was waived by the Blues on Sunday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.
St. Louis acquired Nikita Soshnikov (lower body) from the Maple Leafs on Feb. 15, and he's since been activated from injured reserve. As a result, Thorburn has been deemed expendable. After all, the depth winger only has four assists representing his point total through 33 games at hockey's highest level this season. It's safe to pass over him in the fantasy realm.
Thorburn is suiting up for Sunday's game against the Capitals, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
The veteran enforcer hasn't played since Dec. 29 against the Stars, and the Blues are looking to shake things up after getting beat 6-3 by the Flyers on Saturday. Thorburn's physical play -- 43 hits and three fights through 23 games -- could be the spark in the second half of back-to-back matchups for the Blues.
Thorburn has been scratched in five of the Blues' previous six contests.
Even when Thorburn does crack the lineup, he has logged a mere 7:42 of ice time in his 18 appearances. As a result, the winger's limited opportunities have resulted in him notching a mere three helpers on the season. Barring a run of injuries, the veteran will likely continue to watch from the press box on a regular basis.
Thorburn recorded two hits and one blocked shot in Saturday's 6-4 victory over Toronto.
This was only Thorburn's sixth game of the season he's played in, and he's still been held without a point thus far -- in fact, the last point he notched was Jan. 18 during last season's tilt against Winnipeg. The 34-year-old will likely continue splitting games between the bench and fourth line, and will try for his first point of the 2017-18 season Tuesday against New Jersey.
Thorburn signed a two-year contract with the Blues on Saturday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Blues make Thorburn's third team in 10 days. The Jets struck a deal with the expansion Golden Knights, ensuring that Vegas would select Thorburn and not unprotected defenseman Toby Enstrom. When Thorburn's three-year contract expired Friday, he became a free agent and the Blues pounced. In Thorburn, they get a slightly cheaper version of Ryan Reaves, who the Blues traded to the Penguins a week ago. Thorburn should fit nicely on the right wing of the fourth line, serving a role as the the team's energy-enforcer.
Thorburn has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports.
In addition to selecting Thorburn, Vegas and Winnipeg are expected to flop picks in Friday's entry draft, although the details of that have yet to be announced. Thorburn is a serviceable role player, but he's limited offensively and brings little to the table other than toughness. The big get here for the Golden Knights will be the improved pick in the forthcoming deal.
Thorburn is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in four consecutive outings, but is averaging just 5:55 of ice time per game.
Unsurprisingly, Thorburn has not scored since Dec. 11 and has just four total points on the year. With a season average of 7:11 per game, the winger has been seeing even fewer opportunities to get on the scoresheet. The 33-year-old is a gritty veteran that's primarily used to give teammates a chance to rest, which doesn't translate well for fantasy purposes.
Thorburn, benefiting from a handful of injuries, has suited up in 10 consecutive matchups for the Jets.
Even though Thorburn is in the lineup, he still isn't playing much (5:32 per game on average). Unsurprisingly, the winger has managed just one helper, seven PIM, and 13 hits in his limited opportunities. Unless he can start contributing offensively, the 33-year-old will likely head back to the press box once Mathieu Perreault (upper body) and Drew Stafford (lower leg) are healthy enough to play.
Thorburn recorded his third goal of the season against the Oilers on Sunday.
Thorburn absolutely rifled the puck past netminder Cam Talbot, but the Jets were unable to maintain the lead, failing 3-2. The 33-year-old Thorburn is certainly capitalizing on his limited opportunities as he has tallied a pair of goals in his last six contests, despite averaging a mere 8:03 of ice time. Unless he can secure more consistent game action, something that is likely a long shot, the winger will continue to offer limited fantasy value.
Thorburn saw just 6:42 of ice time against the Predators on Sunday.
Despite appearing in 19 games this season, Thorburn is rarely on the ice with a season average of 8:28 per night. In the 33-year-old's limited action, he has managed just one goal, 27 PIM, and has a minus-1 rating. It seems the winger has secured a regular spot in the lineup, but should probably be left off your fantasy roster.