Shawn Thornton Signs With Florida Panthers

BOSTON (CBS) — Shawn Thornton has a new home.

The veteran enforcer signed a deal with the Florida Panthers on Tuesday, just about one hour after free agency opened in the NHL.

The deal was first reported by Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel.

ESPN’s Joe McDonald reported that it’s a two-year deal that will pay Thornton $1.2 million per season. He made $1.1 million per season over the last two years with Boston.

Thornton called in to Sportsnet and joked with the panel that he didn’t quite get the money he was looking for.

“I demanded $28 million, but they came in just shy of that,” Thornton joked. “I wanted [Paul] Stastny’s contract, but it came in a little less.”

Thornton, who will turn 37 this month, spent the last seven seasons as a member of the Boston Bruins. He registered 76 points (34-42-76) in 480 games with Boston while racking up 748 penalty minutes.

The Bruins elected to not offer Thornton a contract at the conclusion of this past season, making him a free agent.

Thornton is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, winning it all with Anaheim in 2007 and Boston in 2011.


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