Shawn Thornton’s time with the Boston Bruins has come to an end. The infamous merlot line will be no more.
General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced on Monday that the team would not be re-signing the veteran enforcer. Thornton spent seven seasons with the black-and-gold.
“Today I met with Shawn and we had a good meeting and I informed him that we wouldn’t be re-signing him,” Chiarelli said.
Thornton, a true tough guy, racked up 748 penalty minutes over the course of his Bruins career.
“It was sad to tell him that he wasn’t coming back, but I wished him well and Shawn was real up front about it. I’m sure he’ll have success with his next team,” added Chiarelli.
Thornton had always been a perfect fit, playing on Boston’s fourth line. He provided the Bruins with a physical presence and tremendous veteran leadership.
He’ll surely find a home elsewhere as his upstanding character will attract many teams.