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22 Shawn Thornton RW
Height/Weight: 6-2/217 | Birthdate: 7/23/1977 | Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada | Team: Florida Panthers | College: None | NHL Experience: 11 | Salary: $1,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 0/0
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2/28/2015

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Struggles To Find Ice Time

News: Shawn Thornton posted a minus-1 with two shots on goal in 8:27 of ice time in Thursday's loss to the Blackhawks.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton has only seen more than 10 minutes of ice time four times in 2015. He is not afraid to pick up penalty minutes—he has 48 in 35 games played—but his inconsistent ice time and his inability to score points—his last point came on Nov. 24—gives him limited fantasy value.

1/29/2015

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton To Return Thursday

News: Shawn Thornton (groin) was activated from injured reserve Thursday.
Analysis: Shawn 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, likely as a member of the team's checking line.

1/28/2015

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton To Return Thursday

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

1/26/2015

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Not Ready, But Closing In

News: Shawn Thornton (groin) is not yet ready to return, but is closing in, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.
Analysis: The report indicates that Shawn 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.

1/20/2015

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Set To Stay On IR Thru Break

News: Shawn Thornton (groin) is expected to remain on injured reserve through the end of the All-Star break, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: It doesn't sound like Shawn 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.

1/15/2015

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Shawn Thornton

Return Near For Panthers' Thornton (Groin)

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

1/3/2015

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Gets In Conditioning Skate

News: Shawn Thornton (groin) got in a conditioning skate Friday morning, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: While it represents a positive development for Shawn 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.

12/28/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Doesn't Skate Saturday

News: Shawn Thornton (groin) was unable to practice Saturday, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Coach Gerard Gallant said earlier in the week that Shawn 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.

12/23/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton To Begin Skating After Break

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

12/16/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers Place Thornton On Injured Reserve

News: The Panthers placed Shawn Thornton (groin) on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Shawn 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 more than a week, so he will be eligible to return to action whenever he is healthy.

12/11/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton (Undisclosed) Likely Out Friday

News: Shawn 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.
Analysis: The groin issue has been bothering Shawn 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.

12/8/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton A Healthy Scratch Monday

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

12/2/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Draws Back In

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

12/1/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton (Groin) Out Monday

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

11/25/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Pots Rare Goal

News: Shawn Thornton scored a rare goal -- the only one of the game for the Panthers -- in Monday's 4-1 home loss to the Wild.
Analysis: 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 Shawn 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.

11/23/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Thornton Ineffective For Panthers

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

10/18/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Returns Saturday

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

10/18/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Ruled Out Friday

News: Shawn Thornton (lower body) will not play Friday against the Sabres, Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Analysis: It's not certain if Shawn 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.

10/15/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Panthers' Thornton Misses Practice With Injury

News: Shawn Thornton missed the Panthers' practice on Wednesday due to a lower body injury, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports.
Analysis: The injury only appears to be a minor one, so Shawn Thornton should be back in time to be an option 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.

7/2/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Thornton Signs With Panthers

News: Shawn Thornton has signed two-year, $2.4 million deal with the Panthers, csnne.com reports.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton, who recorded eight points and 74 PIM in 64 games with the Bruins this past season, isn't much of a fantasy factor, but he'll bring his usual brand of grit, toughness and solid puck skills to the Panthers' fourth-line mix.

6/17/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins Won't Retain Thornton

News: The Bruins will not re-sign Shawn Thornton for next season, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton is thus headed for unrestricted free agency on the heels of a 2013-14 season in which he recorded eight points and 74 PIM in 64 games, working on the Bruins' fourth line. Thornton, who turns 37 in July, isn't much of a producer on offense, but he brings enough toughness and leadership to the table to help another team looking for checking-line help.

3/16/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Sits On Saturday

News: Shawn Thornton was a healthy scratch Saturday against the Hurricanes, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Matt Lindblad, who took Shawn Thornton's place on the Bruins' fourth line Saturday, was sent back to AHL Providence afterward, which paves the way for Thornton to re-enter the B's lineup Monday against the Wild. With just six points in 49 games though, the rugged Thornton's fantasy utility is limited to formats where his (63) PIMs are helpful.

2/11/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Penalty Minutes Drying Up For B's Thornton

News: Shawn Thornton has picked up 12 penalty minutes in his 13 games since returning from a 15-game suspension in January.
Analysis: That amount of time in the sin bin would be useful for most forwards, but for a player like Shawn Thornton whose value is almost exclusively tied to penalty minutes, it's just not enough. With the reputation as a dirty player now hanging over his head since he sucker-punched the Pens' Brooks Orpik in a Dec. 7 game, Thornton may not have the zeal for fighting he once had. He'll likely struggle to eclipse 100 penalty minutes this season.

1/8/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Nears Return

News: Shawn Thornton (suspension), who will miss Thursday's game in Los Angeles, is eligible to return to action Saturday in San Jose, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: Upon his return to the lineup, Shawn Thornton is in line to rejoin the Bruins' fourth line. With three goals in 27 games to date, Thornton's upside on offense is limited, but he can help out those in PIM-heavy formats. He has racked up 41 penalty minutes to date.

1/1/2014

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Won't File Second Appeal

News: Shawn Thornton has chosen not to file a second appeal for his 15-game suspension, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: After the NHL upheld Shawn Thornton's suspension last week, the winger was considering having an independent arbitrator take a second look at the matter. Instead, he'll face the music and serve the remaining five games of his banishment. Thornton will be eligible to return Jan. 11 against the Sharks.