The enforcer will not be wearing the black and gold next season.
Bruins’ general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday that Shawn Thornton, a fan favorite, will not be back for an eighth season.
During his tenure in Boston, Thornton was a member of the 2011 team that won the Stanley Cup. He spent much of his time playing on the fourth line, and the fans loved his physical play.
But in terms of production, there wasn’t much to talk about. He never scored more than ten goals in a season (in 2011.) He just had one assist in this year’s playoffs. Still, the lack of points wasn’t the reason Bruins fans fell in love with him over the past seven years.
But he definitely knew how to rack up those penalty minutes. And then, there was the hit on Brooks Orpik that got Thornton a 15-game suspension.
So with Thornton out of the mix, who will be next year’s enforcer? Or, will there even be one? The NHL’s unrestricted free agent period begins on July 1.
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