Skip to content

Tim Thomas explores options to make NHL return

Jul 1, 2013, 4:39 PM EDT

Dust off you below-the-belt bunker jokes, because TSN road buddies Bob McKenzie and Pierre LeBrun report that Tim Thomas is expected to announce his intention to return to the NHL in the near future.

The 39-year-old goalie is known for throwing curveballs toward the general hockey world, especially when it comes to announcements, so be sure to apply the usual “don’t assume it’s 100 percent until it’s official” caveats.

Update: LeBrun points to this Tweet by Thomas’ agent Bill Zito.

Another update: Zito apparently took that Tweet down, but LeBrun said he discussed the situation with Zito on Monday. So it sounds like it could still be legitimate, although you never really know with Thomas.

Regardless, it makes for a fascinatingly redemptive free agent goalie class, as Thomas headlines a list heavy with risk-reward choices alongside Ilya Bryzgalov.

The most obvious question is whether Thomas can approach his outstanding work a) a full year out of the league at an advanced age and b) without Zdeno Chara patrolling his blueline. Sitting out a season would be tougher for any netminder, but what about for a goalie with such an unorthodox style?

Still, there could be plenty of teams who feel just fine with rolling the dice regarding a guy with two Vezina Trophies, a Conn Smythe, Stanley Cup, and .921 save percentage on his resume.

  1. frankiesweep - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:46 PM

    Still, there could be plenty of teams who feel just fine with rolling the dice regarding a guy with “two Vezina Trophies, a Conn Smythe, Stanley Cup, and .921 save percentage on his resume.”

    Other than that, what has he done????

    • govtminion - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Not play a game in a year and a half (by the time the season starts), be past 40, and come with a litany of off-ice baggage and attention.

      What he did in 2011 was amazing, but it’s hard to imagine him playing at anything resembling that level now.

    • imleftcoast - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      Explore starting a third party with fellow tin-hatter Sarah Palin. Appears they both equally ignorant of politics and full of ship.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM

        Who cares about his politics? He is an incredible goalie with a great work ethic. I think the year off would only help him knowing his workout schedule. Regardless of his politics I respect him for having an opinion and the conviction to stand up for what he believes in.

      • imleftcoast - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        I wouldn’t care about his politics if he hadn’t made it into an issue. You go to the White House with your team; otherwise, you’re an idiot.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        I understand that a lot of people feel the same way as you do and I respect that as well. Personally, I would attend the White House regardless of who is President, but I also respect his right to refuse for his own beliefs. Doesn’t matter to me.

      • rsmaggiemae - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:55 AM

        No matter what your politcal viewpoint is, keep it to yourself, when you are in the limelight.
        Blabbing his discontent with the president and not going to meet him with the whole team showed his disrespect for the office of the United States, regardless who the person is who is president… It is the office that should be respected.
        I am a independent and I thought he acted like a spoiled child about it.

      • theskinsman - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:54 AM

        Left coast, Thomas was a top tier goalie. Sorry if he didn’t fit your left wing lunatic fringe ideal, but who besides you cares? I don’t care if the Bruins sign agnostic communists, as long as they win.
        I wish him success.

      • dropthepuckeh - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:58 AM

        It appears to me you are being just as unreasonable if you condemn him for doing what he did. I wouldn’t do what he did but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the right to do it. The guys felt passionately about his politics which in this day of athletes carrying guns and committing awful crimes seems pretty benign to me and great demonstration of rights. Again, I wouldn’t have done it but I’m not hypocritical enough to say what he should or should not have done.

        “You go to the White House with your team; otherwise, you’re an idiot.” Sounds a little idiotic to me. Free speech my friend. Your politics sound exactly like what people are scared of. If its progressive politics and tolerance you are pretending to endorse its hypocritical to then condemn him for expressing his opinions. You are no better than the other side you are so afraid of…..

      • tescosuicide - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        Half of the voters in the country don’t dig BHO. Apparently Tim is one of them… and? You as well as the back stabbing Boston fans are ridiculous. They’d have another cup if Tim was still in.

    • girouxvy - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      I think the Flyers may be interested. I’d like to see them try to get Halak or Emery first though. I think Thomas would be great for a year with Mason getting better and more acclimated to the team etc… After a year, Mason is #1 and maybe Stolarz will be up for the #2.

      • tescosuicide - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

        Thomas at half strength would be a relief for the Flyers. I hope they grab him.

  2. bcisleman - Jul 1, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    Garth Snow could complete most of his off-season work–other than re-signing UFAs and RFAs–by re-signing Tim.

    • equator180 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:46 AM

      The game don’t need him, the league don’t need him. He disgraced the team, his teammates and the league with his childish tea beggar bs…go back in the woods, read a book, gaze at the stars with Sara but stay out of the game!

      • tescosuicide - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Most of the world thinks our country is a joke- mainly because of our politicians. I’m sure Thomas’ teammates could give a f*ck what his politics are. They knew damn well he brought them that cup- and he could’ve done it again. He may have disgraced left-wing hockey fans but he hardly disgraced his team.

  3. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    I would think that due to the absolutely dismal performancy by Nabokov in the playoffs that the Islanders would be interested to trying to sign him.

  4. killerpgh - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    6 comments in and not one about the Flyers. Kind of amazing.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Well I guess you had to change things up haha. Obsession with the inter-state rival? Priceless.

    • frankiesweep - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:19 AM

      Flyers will offer 5 years $30m.

      We just need to wait till July 5th.

  5. timmeh022 - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Feaster Famine

  6. stakex - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Put aside everything else about this fruitcake, and the biggest issue is age. Even if he comes back at the same level he left at, he isn’t a long term solution for a team. At most he has one or two years in him… so that might be an issue for a lot of teams.

  7. canucks30 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    I hear the Canucks are looking for a new backup for Roberto Luongo

    • imleftcoast - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Would Timmy pump his tires?

      • frankiesweep - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:20 AM

        Obamabots hate him b/c he didn’t pump Obama’s tires…

    • mrpinkca - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:23 PM

      In definitely socialist, probably communist Vancouver? Do they even get Glenn Beck there?

      Your logic is nearly as flawed as Barack Hussein Obama’s “Birth Certificate.”

      • Exiled1 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:38 PM

        I could’ve swore I was on a hockey website. But you guys are everywhere.

  8. tripps3 - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Too late Timmy, NHL has moved on

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      Ridiculous, he’s the one single guy on the planet who managed to win a Cup for the Bruins, which no other individual tender has managed to do in the past 40 years. If not for he, and he alone then Beantown remains Cupless, PERIOD. He remains an elite goalie til he retires. You remain a idiot as long as you post like that.

    • frankiesweep - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:22 AM

      Ummmm…. Timmy Thomas isn’t giving up 2 goals in the final minute against Chicago in game 6….

      • tescosuicide - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        Dig that.

  9. illad3lph1a - Jul 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Please please flyers go after him!

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      They will. Holmgren has always valued Thomas, and he fits the criteria of “one or no years” on his deal. Plus, unlike Halak, they don’t have to give up assets to get him. I could definitely see it happening… sign Thomas to a one year deal, split time with Mason, then (if he performs) hand the job to Mason after the season.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:36 PM

        You’d think after the Bryz debacle bimbo Holmgren would try to find a better option than rolling the dice on Thomas. Nothing against TT, but he’s old, and has lost a whole year of completing against the best players in the world. Staying home to play video hockey does not a season make.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:26 AM

      The Flyers would be dumb to go after him. The defense in front of him is not ready to contend for a Cup. Until that changes, it doesn’t matter who the Flyers have in the crease.

  10. hounds2013 - Jul 1, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    Tim Thomas in Pittsburgh, then trade Fleury.

  11. joeyg88 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Time off for a goalie is sometimes a good thing. Gets you thinking about what you missed and gives your legs/hips a rest. Really respect TT for not going to White House. You look at all the baseball players not going to visit Bush. And just because this guy is white it’s racist right? Ha what a croc of shiz. Hope TT will come to Chicago. But he prolly won’t like it in this corrupt blue state.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM

      True dat!

      Besides, it wasn’t a problem when some Celtics bowed out on the WH either.

  12. betrayedbylife - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    he will see his shadow and we won’t hear from him until he’s arrested for sending powdered sugar to a senator.

    this coming from a man who has a thomas jersey in his closet

  13. scalfor3 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    This Bruins fan wishes Timmy the best of luck (except when he’s playing us of course).

    • frankiesweep - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      Wouldn’t have lost game 6… U know that.

  14. jkulha86 - Jul 1, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    If Letang wasn’t about to screw up the Pens cap he’d be great addition for the Pens. He’s been consistently good in the playoffs which is a something you can’t say about Fleury.

  15. blackhawksdynasty - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    I could see a smaller market team giving Thomas a 1 yr deal for two reasons:

    1. He’s sure to generate interest and publicity

    2……..well ok, that’s about it, actually

  16. c1md6 - Jul 2, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    Not a Thomas hater and frankiesweeps makes some very good points to an impressive résumé, however, a year off has to concern you especially at his age.

  17. frankiesweep - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    If he stops pucks and takes my team to the cup, I could give 2 ships if he goes to the white house, rides duck boats, plays beach volleyball, likes soccer, orders a ribeye at dinner, likes big or small dogs, is a cat person, pays his gardeners in cash or cheque….

    I wouldn’t care…. Just stop the puck!

  18. frankiesweep - Jul 2, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Obamabots just hate him b/c he had to go over to Finland and work to gain everything he got…. He didn’t collect a freebie pass of goaltending…

    He would’ve been out of hockey, but persevered. That’s the last thing obamabots want to see.

    • cofran2004 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      you make a good point, then you go on a political tyrade. just… no. hockey, not politics. hush.

  19. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    I wouldn’t be that worried, actually. Thomas has too much of an ego. While in most cases that would be a bad thing, it means he won’t come back unless he knows he’s gonna be good in this situation. Then everyone can write about “Thomas’ comeback” and how good he’s been. If he came back and he sucked nobody would care. He’d be a story for a day and then people would move on. But if he’s good people will constantly be talking about doubters and nonbelievers that said he would be out of shape and not as good. Idk, if they had the cap space, I’d be fine if the Pens gave him a 1 year deal. He’d be a good addition to a team with a young goaltender, too. Sans his personality, he’s had a hell of a career as a hockey player. Not a bad guy to have around for his experience and competitive edge alone.

  20. allyssao0 - Jul 2, 2013 at 4:18 AM

    Everybody can earn 250$+ daily… You can earn from 6000-12000 a month or even more if you work as a full time job…It’s easy, just follow instructions on this page, read it carefully from start to finish… It’s a flexible job but a good earning opportunity.. go to this site home tab for more detail ..>>>>

  21. prosportswashington - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    So he threw away his opportunity, and expects to get another? Sorry, thats not how it works

    • dropthepuckeh - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      He chose to walk away from $5m last year and not play hockey which was his right. He didn’t throw away anything. If a team decides to give him another opportunity that is their right and they hope to get something out of it in return. That is how it works actually. TT wasn’t given any breaks when he was trying for years to get into the NHL, he paid his dues playing in Europe for years.

  22. proudliberal85392 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Must’ve run out of provisions back at the cabin.

Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. P. Kane (2033)
  2. P. Kessel (1271)
  3. M. Richards (1215)
  4. N. Backstrom (1113)
  5. M. Giordano (999)