The Panthers have signed Shawn Thornton to a one-year contract extension.
Thornton has three points (1G / 2A), a minus-2 rating and 50 PIMS in 35 games while averaging 8:51 TOI this season. The veteran tough guy will return to the Panthers next year and continue to be a leader for a young Florida squad.
Thornton (lower-body) has been placed on injured reserve.
Thornton will miss his fourth consecutive game tonight vs. the Capitals. Placing Thornton on IR enabled the Panthers to activate Aleksander Barkov and Scottie Upshall from IR without having to send anyone to the minors.
The Bruins’ Shawn Thornton has decided to appeal his 15-game suspension for punching and injuring unsuspecting Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik.
As laid out in the collective bargaining agreement, the appeal first goes to Commissioner Gary Bettman. If Bettman upholds the suspension, Thornton and the NHLPA can then elect to appeal to a neutral arbitrator.
Thornton will have an in-person hearing for the sucker punch he landed on Brooks Orpik last night - he will not travel to Toronto for Sunday's game.
Thornton tugged Orpik down after a whistle and punched him when he was on his back. The surrounding Penguins players immediately called for the trainer as Orpik was clearly in distress. Thornton is likely looking at a lengthy suspension.