Former Boston Bruins Shawn Thornton and Chad Johnson were both immediately plucked from the free agent list Tuesday. Not even 90-minutes after the signing period opened, the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders pounced on the two.
Florida, seeking a gritty fourth-liner, inked Thornton to a 2-year deal worth a reported $2.4 million. Thornton will provide the Panthers, a team largely built around young talent, with veteran leadership and hard-nosed effort.
Goaltender Chad Johnson inked a two-year deal with the Islanders. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Johnson should see considerable time in New York playing alongside the up and coming Kevin Poulin.
Johnson went above and beyond the call of duty in Boston. He succesfully did his job and never complained. He’ll fit nicely amid a group that is young and on the upswing.