Panthers sign veteran forward Joe Thornton to one-year deal

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Veteran forward Joe Thornton is going back to the NHL for a minimum of another season. On Friday, the Florida Panthers revealed that the group has actually signed Thornton to a one-year agreement.

The agreement will pay Thornton $750,000, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

“With more than 1,600 video games played in the NHL, Joe will bring a wealth of experience to our locker space and lineup,” Panthers basic supervisor Costs Zito stated in a news release. “His drive to be successful is apparent and we are delighted that he selected to sign with our club which he thinks in what we are constructing here in South Florida.”

Thornton is coming off a season with the Toronto Maple Leafs in which he scored 5 objectives and signed up 15 helps. In 23 NHL seasons, Thornton has actually taped 1,529 points (425 objectives and 1,104 helps) throughout his time with the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Maple Leafs. 

The Bruins picked Thornton with the very first total choice in the 1997 NHL Draft and has actually assembled a Hall of Popularity profession. Thornton has actually appeared in 6 All-Star Games, won the Art Ross and Hart Prize in 2006 and is the Sharks’ all-time helps leader.

Thornton has actually never ever won a Stanley Cup in his 23-year NHL profession and will intend to chase after one with a Panthers group that ended up in 2nd location in the Central Department last season.

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