The Panthers announced this morning that they’ve signed Shawn Thornton to a one-year contract extension. The Panthers originally signed the 38-year old forward and enforcer to a two-year deal back in July of 2014 which was set to expire at the end of this season.
The deal seems to be a win-win for the Panthers and Thornton as it carries a cap hit of $600,000 and includes 3 ‘games played’ bonuses which add up to $150,000 if they’re all reached, according to Cap Friendly.
Although he has just 1 goal and 2 assists in 35 games played this season, he’s been a vital asset to this team which is comprised of a fair amount of young players. His leadership skills, character, and track record are all impeccable and incredibly important during a time where the Panthers are looking to take the next step as a franchise.
“Shawn is the embodiment of the selfless, team-first culture we are trying to create on and off the ice with the Florida Panthers and has made himself an important part of the South Florida community,” said Panthers majority owner Vincent Viola.
Thornton is 4 points away from 100 in his regular season NHL career and will suit up for his 641st game on Thursday night against Arizona.