Shawn Thornton will continue to skate and function as a member of the Boston Bruins organization over the next month while he serves out a 15-game suspension handed down from the NHL for his attack on Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik.

But the Bruins enforcer will also be building up a case for an appeal, which starts on Monday with a meeting between his lawyers and the NHLPA.

This is consistent with Thornton’s thoughts from his weekend statement, which will be his only public comments on the suspension matter for the present time.

“I will be consulting with the Bruins, my representation and the NHLPA about next steps, and will be in a position to address the matter publicly after speaking with those parties,” Thornton said in a prepared statement from Saturday afternoon. “Until then I will have no further comment.”

Thornton has until 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time to decide whether to submit a written appeal of the suspension, as permitted by the CBA to be within 48 hours of the judgment handed down from the Department of Player Safety.