Shawn Thornton LW FLA 4 Days

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.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 9 Days

Thornton missed Thursday's practice due to a groin issue and isn't expected to play Friday versus the Red Wings, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

The groin issue has been bothering Thornton throughout the season and limited him to off-ice work Thursday. Expect the Panthers to give him a game or two off with the hope that it affords him some proper healing time.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 12 Days

Thornton will be a healthy scratch Monday against the Blues, according to Panthers announcer Steve Goldstein.

Thornton has been a regular in the Panthers' lineup for most of the season, but he will sit out Monday to make room for Dave Bolland, who will suit up for the first time since Oct. 17.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 18 Days

Thornton (groin) will return to the lineup Tuesday against the Red Wings, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Thornton sustained the groin injury over the past weekend and was unable to play Monday, but the one-game absence was all he needed to heal up. He'll return in a fourth-line capacity for the Panthers.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 19 Days

Thornton (groin) will not play Monday against the Blue Jackets, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.

Thornton is dealing with a groin injury, as well as facial injuries after a fight during Friday's contest. The team has not revealed much in the way of details regarding the injuries, so consider Thornton day-to-day until further notice.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 25 Days

Thornton potted a rare goal -- and the only one of the game for the Panthers -- in Monday's 4-1 home loss to the Wild.

The second-period tip-in tally actually required a bit of finesse from the enforcer, who now has 39 goals in 576 career games. It's no secret that most of Thornton's value lies in the PIM department, but since he only has 13 on the season, it's tough to recommend the former Bruin for fantasy purposes at this point.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 27 Days

Thornton has only one assist and more shockingly, only 13 PIM in his first 16 games of the season.

The 37-year-old veteran was signed to a two-year deal worth $2.4 million in the off season to bring some leadership and toughness to the young Panthers group. He has never been expected to produce much for offence considering he is a staple on the fourth line averaging only 10:30 minutes of ice time per game. Thornton is only a consideration for leagues that reward PIM. Only problem is with Thornton's age, he is not capable of dropping his gloves like he used to be only a few seasons ago which saw him collect a career high 154 PIM in the 2011-2012 season. Last season with the Bruins, he was able to collect eight points (5G,3A) along with a plus-3 rating and 74 PIM. Expect his totals to drop while his career continues.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 2 Months

Thornton (lower body) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Capitals, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Thornton was held out of Friday's contest with a lower-body concern, but it appears it was only a minor one. He'll replace Jimmy Hayes in the Florida lineup, reclaiming his usual spot on the fourth line.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 2 Months

Thornton (lower body) will not play Friday against the Sabres, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

It's not certain if Thornton is still feeling the effects of the injury, or if he's simply one of the Panthers' healthy scratches for Friday's game. Either way, Thornton offers little in the form of fantasy utility when he's in the lineup, so his absence from Friday's game probably will go largely unnoticed.

Shawn Thornton LW FLA 2 Months

Thornton missed the Panthers' practice on Wednesday due to a lower body injury, Steve Goldstein of FS Florida reports.

The injury only appears to be a minor one so Thornton should be back in time for Florida's game on Friday against the Sabres. Thornton has not scored any points and has accumulated seven penalty minutes in two games played this season.