Mar 8, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) shoots against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. The Bruins won 4-3 in an overtime shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Boston Bruins Thornton, Johnson find new homes

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.

The Panthers also added Jussi Jokinen, Al Montoya and Dave Bolland. Thornton will assume a role with a club that boasts a vast amount of talent that is clearly dedicated to improving and winning.

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.

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