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The Florida Panthers have signed Shawn Thornton to a two-year/$2.4 million deal.

The Panthers needed some grit and tenacity up front and Shawn Thornton will provide just that. He had eight points and 74 penalty minutes in 64 games with Boston last season and should get over 100 minutes next year with the Panthers.

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Shawn Thornton appreciates Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli did the "classy thing" by letting him know in advance that Boston would not re-sign him this summer.

That allows Thornton to start the process of finding a new home sooner. He doesn't do much offensively, but he's a strong, gritty forward and would look good on a number of teams' fourth line.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 3 Months

Shawn Thornton has been informed by the Bruins that they won't be re-signing him.

As a result, he will be an unrestricted free agent in July. Thornton is a strong fourth-line player with leadership abilities, so he shouldn't have much of a problem finding a job somewhere else.

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There is some question as to whether Shawn Thornton will be back in Boston next season.

Thornton is an unrestricted free agent and Bruin GM Peter Chiarelli told reporters that he believed the NHL game was trending away from fighting and that he wanted to add speed to his lineup for 2014-15. Those comments can not be viewed as positive for a Thornton return to Beantown.

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Shawn Thornton was fined the maximum of $2,820.52 for his unsportsman-like conduct in Game 5.

Thornton was on the bench and squirted the Canadiens' P.K. Subban with his water bottle at the 19:13 mark of the final period. It was the most the NHL could fine him under the CBA. Game 6 will be played in Montreal on Monday.

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Shawn Thornton appeared to have sustained a serious right knee injury after he missed a check on P.K. Subban Saturday night.

He left the game with the assistance favouring the knee but returned later in the game. Thornton didn't like that Subban had "low bridged" him which is a dangerous play but the two seemed to sort out their differnces and nothing further developped. Thronton should be fine for Monday's Game 3.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 5 Months

Shawn Thornton registered an assist and a team-high five hits in Tuesday's win over Detroit.

He forecheck helped set up Jordan Caron's goal. Thornton logged only 8:26 of ice time in Game 3, but he played a strong match. He had eight points and 74 penalty minutes in 64 games during the regular season.

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Shawn Thornton doesn't think players will end up taking it too easy during the Olympic break.

Those that aren't playing in Sochi will get to spend some time vacationing before they have to return to their team's for practice. That creates potential problems as teams or players that have momentum could lose it and players could get rusty. Still, Thornton is confident that those NHLers on break won't lose sight of the bigger picture. "Guys do a pretty good job of staying in shape during the break," he said. "They may take 4-5 days off to enjoy it at first, but then everybody is back working out wherever they are. Nobody gets out of shape anymore. Everybody takes care of themselves." He added that it might be in contrast to 2010, where he felt guys were a little sloppy in the games immediately after the break. It helps that those not participating in the Olympics will have a week of team practices before play resumes.

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If you are looking for some penalty minutes, you might want to consider starting Shawn Thornton Saturday afternoon against the Oilers.

The Oilers just acquired tough defenseman Mark Fraser from the Maple Leafs and he will no doubt be looking to show his new team what he's made of. We can't think of a better candidate for him to challenge than Thornton, whom he fought in last year's playoffs.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 8 Months

Shawn Thornton returned from his 15-game suspension on Saturday.

Thornton was punished for repeatedly hitting Brooks Orpik in the head after he had knocked the Penguins defenseman down. He was credited with a shot on goal and blocked shot in his return. He also logged 8:42 minutes in Boston's 1-0 win over San Jose.