Thornton re-ups for two more years with Bruins.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported via Twitter the Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Shawn Thornton to a two-year contract extension worth $1.1 million per season. Thornton is coming off a two-year, $812 K per season contract and was eligible for UFA status this season. Probably would’ve gotten a big more on the open market but obviously wants to remain a Bruin. Can’t say I blame him. In 69 games this season, Thornton has 12 points and 143 PIMs. Yes, he’s an enforcer, but also a valuable checking line “energy” forward, who brings more to the game than just his pugilistic skills. This signings bumps the Bruins payroll for next season up to over $56.4 million invested in 16 players, with Chris Kelly, Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Brian Rolston, Joe Corvo, Greg Zanon, Mike Mottau and Marty Turco as their remaining UFAs, and Tuukka Rask and Benoit Pouliot as their remaining RFAs.