Shawn Thornton has signed a new contract with the Florida Panthers. It is reported as a one-year contract worth $600,000. Thornton came to the Panthers during free agency in 2014 and signed a two-year, $2.4 million contract after leaving Boston. In his time in Boston, Thornton was a part of the famous Merlot line, the fourth line of the Bruins team that consisted of Thornton, Gregory Campbell, and Daniel Paille.
Thornton has played a total of 81 games in a Florida uniform and has accumulated two goals, six assists, 100 penalty minutes, and 150 hits. This season, Thornton has played in 35 games and has scored one goal and two assists. However, Thornton has never been a great offensive player and is valued for his intangibles and leadership. On a team full of young players, Thornton provides a veteran presence in Panther’s locker room. He has great character and is respected throughout the league and the locker room. Thornton has a lot of postseason experience, playing in 101 playoff games and winning two Stanley Cup, one with Anaheim in 2007 and one with Boston in 2011. For only $600,000 and one year, the Panthers managed to keep a nice depth player for a cheap contract.