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Shawn Thornton RW
Height/Weight: 6-2/217 | Birthdate: 7/23/1977 | Birthplace: Oshawa, Ontario, Canada | Team: Florida Panthers | College: None | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $1,100,000 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 173.83
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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.

12/24/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Has Suspension Upheld

News: The NHL has upheld Shawn Thornton's 15-game suspension, TSN.ca reports.
Analysis: The report adds that Shawn Thornton (who was suspended after punching the Penguins' Brooks Orpik while he was down on December 7) and the NHLPA now have the option of appealing this suspension to a neutral arbitrator.

12/16/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton To Appeal Suspension

News: Shawn Thornton will appeal his 15-game suspension, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: It seems unlikely that Shawn Thornton, who was suspended for punching Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik while he was on the ground, will have his suspension overturned completely, but he is hoping to at least have it reduced. Thornton sat out three games while waiting for his suspension to be handed out and will likely miss further action, but with the appeal pending, it remains to be seen how many games he will ultimately be sidelined.

12/14/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Gets 15-Game Ban

News: Shawn Thornton was suspended 15 games Saturday for his unsportsmanlike behavior during last weekend's game against the Penguins, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton predictably received a heavy suspension for his sucker punch of the Brooks Orpik last Saturday that left the Penguins defenseman concussed. With three games of the suspension already served while his case remained undecided, Thornton will spend the next 12 contests in the press box and won't be able to play until Jan. 11.

12/14/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Awaits Ruling

News: Shawn Thornton met Friday with Brendan Shanahan, director of the NHL's department of player safety, in the wake of an incident last week involving the Bruins' winger and Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik, the Boston Herald reports.
Analysis: A decision on how long the league will suspend Shawn Thornton is expected Saturday, with the Herald speculating that a punishment of at least 10-12 games is likely. Such a scenario would sideline Thornton until early January.

12/10/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton To Have Hearing Friday

News: Shawn Thornton will have an in-person hearing Friday for his sucker punch on the Pens' Brook Oprik over the weekend, Amalie Benjamin of the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton will have missed three games by the time the meeting occurs, and likely stands to receive further punishment beyond that considering the ugly nature of his actions. Nick Johnson was recalled from AHL Providence earlier Tuesday to give the Bruins some fourth-line depth while Thornton remains unable to play.

12/9/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Faces Suspension

News: Shawn Thornton remains suspended indefinitely, pending a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety that is unlikely to occur until later in the week, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton is in line to face league discipline for punching the Penguins' Brooks Orpik while he was down on Saturday, with the length of his punishment the only question yet to be answered here. While Thornton is out, Jordan Caron is likely to fill in for him on the right side of a Bruins line that also includes Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille.

12/7/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton: In-Person Hearing After Sucker Punch

News: Shawn Thornton will have an in-person hearing with league disciplinarians next week for sucker punching the Penguins' Brooks Orpik while he was down on the ice in Saturday's game, according to NHL Department of Player Safety. Thornton received a match penalty on the play that sent Orpik to hospital on a stretcher.
Analysis: An in-person hearing is offered for suspensions that can exceed five games. To his credit, Shawn Thornton was quick to apologize for the incident and acknowledged his stupidity in the act. Still, it was ugly and unnecessary, and a suspension is appropriate.

11/20/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Returns To Mix

News: Shawn Thornton, who was a healthy scratch Monday, returned to the Bruins' lineup Tuesday against the Rangers, scoring a goal in the process.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton, who gave way to Jordan Caron on Monday, rejoined his usual linemates -- Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell -- on Tuesday, reuniting the team's usual fourth line. To date, the gritty Thornton has three goals (matching his 2012-13 mark, which was compiled in 45 games) and 24 PIM in 20 contests.

10/17/2013

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Shawn Thornton

B's Thornton Quiet Through Five Games

News: Shawn Thornton has been held scoreless over five games, but has provided 17 penalty minutes.
Analysis: The fourth-liner is averaging just over eight minutes of ice time and isn't counted on to provide much offensive production for the Bruins. Shawn Thornton's value lies almost exclusively in leagues that count penalty time, as he's eclipsed the 100-minute plateau in each of his last four full seasons.

3/2/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Healthy Scratch Saturday

News: Shawn Thornton will be a healthy scratch Saturday, the Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa reports.
Analysis: Jay Pandolfo will likely replace Shawn Thornton on the Bruins' fourth line, and it is unclear whether this change is intended to stick or is merely temporary. Neither player involved is worthy of fantasy consideration in most leagues.

2/10/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins Thornton Returns

News: Shawn Thornton (concussion) saw 7:04 worth of ice time in Sunday's 3-1 win over the Sabres.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton rejoined the team's fourth line Sunday and while he didn't make a lot of noise in his return, look for him to rack up his share of hits and PIMs for the B's going forward.

2/10/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins Get Thornton Back

News: Shawn Thornton (concussion) will play Sunday against the Sabres.
Analysis: The gritty Shawn Thornton returns to the B's lineup on Sunday, though he's only really of note in leagues that count PIMs.

2/10/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton May Play Sunday

News: The Boston Globe expects Shawn Thornton (concussion) to play Sunday's game against the Sabres.
Analysis: Meanwhile, coach Claude Julien calls the gritty winger a game-time decision for the contest. In any case, Shawn Thornton's fantasy utility is restricted to leagues that count penalty minutes.

2/10/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton (Concussion) Not Expected To Play Sunday

News: Shawn Thornton (concussion) is not expected to play Sunday against the Sabres.
Analysis: While Shawn Thornton was expected to play Saturday, the game ended up getting canceled, and now it looks like he'll sit Sunday. It's unclear whether he's suffered any sort of setback, but for now, consider him day-to-day.

2/9/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins Could Get Thornton Back

News: Shawn Thornton (concussion) is expected to play Saturday against the Lightning, according to the Boston Herald.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton is only of fantasy note in leagues that count PIMs, but his toughness and leadership remain valuable traits to the Bruins in real terms.

2/7/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Nears Return

News: Shawn Thornton (concussion) said he has been cleared for both practice and contact, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: It's unclear as to whether or not Shawn Thornton will return to action this weekend, but with Daniel Paille and Brad Marchand also candidates to rejoin the team's lineup, the Bruins' forward corps could be back in order sooner rather than later.

2/5/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Out Wednesday

News: Shawn Thornton (concussion) won't travel with the Bruins for Wednesday's game against Montreal, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: With Shawn Thornton still out, the Bruins will continue to rely on Lane MacDermid to provide grit and toughness on the team's fourth line.

2/4/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Skates Monday

News: Though Shawn Thornton (concussion) is symptom-free, he remains very doubtful for Wednesday's game against Montreal, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton was on the ice Monday for a solo skate before practice, but we suspect that the Bruins will ease the winger back in slowly from his concussion, especially given his rugged style of play.

2/1/2013

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Shawn Thornton

Bruins' Thornton Out 7-10 Days With Concussion

News: Shawn Thornton will be out for 7-10 days with a concussion, according to Renaud Lavoie of RDS.
Analysis: Shawn Thornton left Thursday's game against Buffalo after the first period in which he took some hits from the Sabres' John Scott. He will be back in a little over a week assuming there are not any aftereffects.