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Panthers sign Shawn Thornton — two years, $2.4 million

Jul 1, 2014, 1:51 PM EDT

Shawn Thornton AP

The Florida Panthers are adding a little bit of snarl to the lineup.

The Panthers have signed former Boston Bruins tough guy Shawn Thornton to a two-year, $2.4 million deal according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Thornton is a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007 and Bruins in 2011 who’ll plug in on the Panthers’ fourth line providing physical play, bench inspiration, and the occasional fight with an opposing tough guy.

Thornton, 36, spent the past seven seasons in Boston and earned some negative attention with his attack on Brooks Orpik this season that earned him a 15-game suspension.

  1. pjblake2redwings - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    I really thought his playing days were over but looks like he will get some more $ to protect Barkov

  2. ntvd7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Good for him

    The Panthers need some snarl. Too easy to play against in their own building

  3. youngs79 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    PHT is slow with updates. Thomas Vanek to the Wild for 3 years 19.5 Million. Go Wild.

  4. mydoglouie - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Not bad for 5 mins of ice time

  5. raleighcaniac - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Thornton is as much a punching bag as he lands hits. Stupid not to call it a career. He’s a prime candidate for dementia.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

      ^^^ I’m not a doctor, but I pretend I’m one on PHT ^^^

    • rrsm53 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:34 PM

      the only time he was a punching bag was with Scott like most of his fights have been. Thornton very rarely gets hit square in fights but he certainly gives what he gets. Stay in NC with the Canes who have never been tough.

      • raleighcaniac - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:01 PM

        He was never the same after Scott punched him goofy. He lost brain cells in that one. Quite the hockey move for a tough guy who attacks from behind (Orpik). His biggest contribution in the playoffs was squirting Subban from the bench. Boston gave up nothing…

      • stixzidinia - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        He’s a product of the post-lockout NHL. He never really fought any actual tough guys, at least nobody that wasn’t in the washed up stages of their career. He’s damn lucky he never played against guys like Twist, Grimson, Probert, Kocur, etc.

    • ntvd7 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      But he’s in the NHL and you’re not

      And those two championships must make him stupid #fail

      • rrsm53 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        hey raleighcaniac, let me grab your helmet and hold your head at angle and punch you silly being 6’8 270 and let’s see what your brain cells look like after that. At least Thornton manned up when he attacked Orpik it is not like he smacked him from behind he grabbed him and smacked him on the ice he messed up but Orpik if he had any stones he would have manned up when Thornton challenged him the first time. Look at your Canes, you had Komisarek DNP boy one of the biggest tools ever a punching bag for Lucic everytime they fought. How did your team do in the playoffs oh thats right they were fishing, fired their coach, and basically stunk. When your team wins something and has some tough guys other than he got knocked out westgarth and a couple of your other trolls who thought they were tough then talk.

      • stixzidinia - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        Orpik shouldn’t have to fight for clean hits. Just because the hit was hard doesn’t mean Orpik has to fight. That’s not what the code is about. Thornton would have been killed in the pre-Instigator Rule era NHL.

      • raleighcaniac - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        I guess Lucic will continue to be Colton Orrs personal punching bag like a couple seasons ago when Orr was beating on his face and Lucic was asking the refs to end his beating

      • raleighcaniac - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

        Didn’t the big bad Bruins get beat physically, and emotionally in their most recent playoff series loss to the Montreal Smurfettes? Look at the history there Boston goes fetal every time it’s on the line against the Habsburg. Then Lucic was whining like a colicky two year old during handshakes. Haha.

  6. hockey412 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Really hoping to see him in the KHL.

  7. pepper2011 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Good Luck Thornton.

    Thanks for the years!

    Now that he’s not in Boston it will be funny to see the babies in Pitt and Montreal change their tune.

    • upyoursnfu - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Says the guy who probably flooded his parent’s basement with tears due to PK Subban and Brooks Orpik.

      • pepper2011 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:53 PM


        hmmm. yeah – I mean they only made it to two cups in 4 years. including one win.

        should have been all four years…

        The B’s rolled the Pens and Subban and the Habs won one series; them promptly pooped their pants against the Rangers. Lets not get ahead of ourselves.

    • 6superbowls - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Ah another tough-guy Beanhead sitting atop his high horse. Get over yourself. Bruin fans are just as bad, and more arrogant, than any fan-base in the NHL.

  8. joeman26 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    2 years to retirement..Good luck Shawn and do what you do… it was a nice run with the B’s

  9. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Gives him a couple years to scout out the perfect retirement spot. I suggest Sanibel Island.

  10. joeman26 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    B’s will bring someone in to fill his spot ( on the cheap )….whoever it is probably won’t dress every night just play against certain teams

    • pepper2011 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

      They have Miller and Mcquaid.

      • Moop - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Not to mention Bobby Robbins in the AHL. He fights practically every game.

  11. joeman26 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Shawn doesn’t strike me as the beach type but I could be wrong

  12. canada2014gold - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Cad floor makes Thornton more money, no way he’s worth any more than 1.5.

  13. homelanddefense - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Sad to see him go, but it was time. He never got credit for actually being a pretty decent hockey player considering his actual role. He posted a 10 goal season a few years back. 10 goals on top of what he provided was awesome.

    Unfortunately we hasnt been the same fighter since Scott knocked him out. We probably lost more than he won last season. Not a good sign. I wish him nothing but luck in Florida. He was GREAT in the community up here, and did a lot for charity. You will not find a nicer guy.

  14. accipiterq - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Awww 😦

    My favorite Bruin. So long buddy.

  15. jpat2424 - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    More former hawks for Tallon. Lol

  16. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Good pick up for Florida…. Exactly what they needed. A Lion to protect the cubs.

  17. pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Pittsburgh should take some notes here…. They still leave crosby with Kunitz….

  18. hockeyflow33 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    What a great signing for the Panthers. He’s one of the best fourth line players in the league.

    • pj608 - Jul 1, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Yeah, and if someone takes a cheap shot he’ll rip their head off…..

      • hockeyflow33 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:55 AM


  19. stixzidinia - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Now I have a reason to go to Panthers games. I have some spare batteries that would make for nice projectiles.

    • raleighcaniac - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      haha. They will bounce off Thorntons head and he’ll think “I shoulda had a V8”

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