Shawn Thornton LW FLA 2 months ago

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.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 2 months ago

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.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 2 months ago

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.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 3 months ago

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 minuteshe has 48 in 35 games playedbut his inconsistent ice time and his inability to score pointshis last point came on Nov. 24gives him limited fantasy value.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 4 months ago

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.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 4 months ago

Thornton (groin) is expected to play Thursday against the Blue Jackets, Jameson Olive of FOX Sports Florida reports.

Thornton remains on the Panthers' injured reserve list, but he should be formally activated following Thursday's morning skate. The bruising fourth-liner last played Dec. 6, but had been healthy shortly before the All-Star break. At that time, the Panthers didn't have a roster spot open to accommodate Thornton, but that's no longer an issue now that Vincent Trocheck has been returned to AHL San Antonio.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 4 months ago

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.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 4 months ago

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.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 4 months ago

Thornton (groin) resumed skating with the team Wednesday morning and appears ready to play, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Thornton officially remains on injured reserve for the Panthers, but with the team reassigning Shane O'Brien to the minors earlier Thursday, the winger could be activated in advance of the game against the Avalanche. While his return seems to be on the horizon, Thornton will have a much more difficult time finding a regular spot in the lineup, as the Panthers are already fully healthy at forward.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 5 months ago

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.