WILMINGTON — Shawn Thornton has decided not to go to an independent arbitrator to appeal his 15-game suspension, which was upheld by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman last week. The suspension was handed down by NHL Department of Player Safety chief Brendan Shanahan for Thornton’s attack on Pittsburgh’s Brooks Orpik in a Dec. 7 game.
Thornton had the option to continue the process with a second appeal, which would have been the first under the new collective bargaining agreement.
“I’m still not happy with the amount of games I got,” Thornton said. “I know I’m not a victim, but I’m not happy with the amount of games I got. But I respect the decision.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.