Shawn Thornton couldnt have planned it any better. The Bruins energy line player has agreed to terms with the Bruins on a two-year contract that will keep in Boston through the 2013-14 NHL season, and will pay Thornton an annual average value of 1.1 million per season.
The Irish fourth line winger also came to agreement on the deal on St. Patricks Day following a 3-2 shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden, so all told it was a pretty good day for player and team.
The Bruin and their enforcer had been working on a deal over the last couple of months and there seemed to be little doubt the 34-year-old tough guy would be back in the Boston fold. A source with knowledge of the situation indicated that Thornton hadnt actually signed the contract, but thats a formality at this point.
The two-time Stanley Cup champ is coming off his best NHL season when he managed to 10 goals and 20 points for the Bruins last season, and hes amassed a team-leading 143 penalty minutes this year. Thornton is also one of the biggest leadership voices in the Bs dressing room and continues to plant roots in the Boston community including the upcoming Cuts for a Cause event with 98.5 the Sports Hubs Toucher and Rich set for March 28.
TSN hockey analyst Bob McKenzie was the first to report that Thornton and the Bruins had come to an agreement on a two-year extension. Thornton has 4 goals and 12 points in 69 games for the Bruins this season.