Thornton, 42, will earn $750,000 on the deal, with no bonuses or incentives.
“I feel he checked out our roster, and he noticed a match with us, like we noticed a match with him,” Panthers common supervisor Invoice Zito advised ESPN.
Thornton is among the most efficient offensive facilities in NHL historical past. He ranks 14th on the profession factors listing with 1,529 and is 5 factors away from being twelfth general. He’s seventh in profession assists with 1,104 in 1,680 video games with the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Thornton ended a 15-year run in San Jose along with his stint in Toronto final season, taking part in 44 video games and amassing 5 objectives and 15 assists. Whereas his 13 minutes, 43 seconds on common was the bottom ice time of his profession, Thornton performed up within the lineup with star Auston Matthews and down within the crew’s backside six as properly — versatility that Zito cited as a motive for pursuing Thornton.
“His drive to succeed is unmistakable, and we’re thrilled that he selected to signal with our membership,” Zito mentioned.
Thornton has been training with HC Davos of the Swiss Nationwide League throughout the offseason.
He was a teammate of Panthers govt Roberto Luongo on the 2010 Canadian Olympic males’s hockey crew that gained gold in Vancouver.