38-year-old forward Shawn Thornton will be sticking around the Sunshine State for at least another year. He has inked a one-year contract extension with the Florida Panthers, the team announced Thursday.
Thornton currently carries a cap hit of $1.2 million, finishing out the last year of a two-year contract with the Panthers. The extension is reported to carry a $750,000 value, with $600,000 coming in NHL salary and another $150,000 in performance bonuses for games played, according to Cap Friendly.
“We are pleased to have Shawn return for another season,” Panthers owner, chairman & governor Vinnie Viola said via press release Thursday. “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.”
Now in his 13th NHL season, playing for his fourth team, Thornton has collected a goal and two assists through 35 games and is averaging just 8:51 of ice time per game.
— Florida Panthers PR (@FlaPanthersPR) February 25, 2016
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