Shawn Thornton LW FLA 8 Hrs

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 2 Months

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.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 2 Months

Thornton (groin) was unable to practice Saturday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Coach Gerard Gallant said earlier in the week that Thornton would begin skating after the Christmas break, but that failed to come to fruition Saturday. It will only push back his return date further, making it unlikely that Thornton suits up again until after the New Year.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 2 Months

Coach Gerard Gallant said after Monday's win over the Penguins that Thornton (groin) would begin skating after the Christmas break, the Associated Press reports.

Thornton had bothered by the groin for all of December before the Panthers finally decided to stowe him away on their injured list last week. He'll likely require multiple practices to regain conditioning and make Gallant feel comfortable using him in games.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 2 Months

The Panthers placed Thornton (groin) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Thornton is not ready to resume playing, so the Panthers decided to deactivate him to open up a roster spot. Thornton has already been sidelined over a week, so he will be eligible to return to action whenever he is healthy.