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Chiarelli: Bruins not bringing back Shawn Thornton

Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) looks on during a break in the action in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

Boston Bruins right wing Shawn Thornton (22) looks on during a break in the action in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Boston, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

According to Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli, forward Shawn Thornton will not be returning to the team next year.

“Today I met with Shawn. We had a good meeting and I informed him that we wouldn’t be re-signing him,” Chiarelli said in a video on the Bruins’ website. “I told him that he was one of the most significant acquisitions we made, one, for the role that he played, and two, for the person that he is.”

Thornton’s role was primarily as an enforcer and energy player during his eight seasons in Boston. He played most often on the fourth line, scoring five goals this season and a total of 34 with the Bruins.

He won two Stanley Cups, in 2007 with Anaheim and in 2011 with Boston.

His final season with the Bruins was marked by a pair of incidents that drew fines or suspensions. He was suspended 15 games for sucker-punching Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik during the regular season, then was fined $2,820 for spraying Montreal’s P.K. Subban with a water bottle in the final minute of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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