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Report: Tim Thomas finds Flyers intriguing

Jul 2, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

Tim Thomas AP

39-year-old goaltender Tim Thomas is interesting in attempting an NHL comeback and the Flyers are presumed to be in the market for a netminder after buying out Ilya Bryzgalov.

For his part, Thomas is “intrigued” by Philadelphia, according to a CSN Philly source, but it’s not clear if the feeling is mutual.

Either way, for now, Thomas is simply testing the waters.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen with Tim,” Thomas’ agent, Bill Zito said. “I’ll find out tomorrow who has interest in Timmy and take it from there.

“All he told me was to check and see what – if any – his options may be. We are allowed to shop free agents tomorrow, so I’ll have a better idea of who has interest at that time.”

Thomas would be an interesting choice for Philadelphia, given that Thomas — like Bryzgalov — has drawn media attention in the past for his off-ice actions. Perhaps the most famous example of that was Thomas’ decision to skip the Boston Bruins’ White House visit in celebration of their Stanley Cup victory.

On top of that, Thomas is an obvious risk after taking a year off from hockey. Still, he’s won the Vezina Trophy twice in addition to being named the 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy winner.

Some of the other potential unrestricted free agent goaltenders include Evgeni Nabokov and Ray Emery.


Islanders won’t toll Thomas’ contract, will be a free agent Friday

  1. zannjusktagg - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    The flyers have just enough cap space to pay him in Wal-Mart giftcards.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      The guy is so over the hill, and a schmuck. Stay retired!

      • greenmtnboy31 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        How does a guy, any guy, get “so over the hill” one year removed from stealing a Stanley Cup while winning another Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:10 PM

        Very simple, and it’s so obvious. The guy hasn’t played in a year, and he’s 39 years old whereas every other goalie available i.e. Emery played last year and is game ready from day one. Who knows what effect on year off for 39 year old goalie. Not worth the risk. Unless you’re the flyers are I say sarcastically.

  2. chanceoffleury1 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    I guess he’s willing to play for free, then? They’re over the cap right now. He’d have to take a huge paycut.

    • ericcoyle15 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      they actually do have enough cap room they have about 4.1 million left, so they are obviously either going to trade coburn who has a 4.5 mill cap hit or mez who has a 4 mill cap hit

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        And possibly hartnell plus putting pronger on LTIR frees up more room

    • iHeartHockey31 - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      They can go over the cap by 10% in the off-season. When the season starts, Chris Pronger can be put back on IR and his ~$4.5M cap hit is replaceable. If he signs a really low price contract, I expect he’d be a very high paid analyst for NBC [now mostly owned by Comcast-Spectacor] when he does decide to retire.

  3. hockeyfan28 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Well he would have been a flyer if they had dealt him for Jeff Carter a year before Carter actually got traded he’s going to have to take like a 1 year 2 million dollar deal to slide under the cap

    • biasedhomer - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:53 PM

      They havr about 4 million in cap room, can give him most of that and they would have every position filled

  4. canucks30 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Do the Flyers want him?

    Yes, yes they do.

    They want everybody.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      We don’t want Luongo lol

  5. Stiller43 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    LOL yes! Please let it happen

    • maalea - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Let’s compare MAF to Thomas. Less money for TT, one cup each, 2 V’s for TT.

      Both tenders are big question marks.

      You need more IC light

  6. hawksin5 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Oh my God. You have got to be kidding me. I hate Philly and all of their fans, but I feel terrible for Philly for having to put up with this idiot as their GM.

    • ericcoyle15 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:07 PM

      that idiot has brought over some amazing players, lets see mike richards and jeff carter combined since leaving philly have a line of 77-66-143……brayden schenn, jake voracek, simmonds, and couts line 120-142-262 and they all have much more potential

      • canucks30 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      • frhockey12 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

        Richards and Carter: 1 Stanley Cup

        Schenn, Voracek, Simmonds, and Couturier: 0 Stanley Cups

      • goodolejr - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        Hey, canucks30:

  7. canucks30 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

  8. hawksin5 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Oh these, mr. Thomas? These are I.O.U.’s.
    lol I just can’t get over this. Holmgren is just terrible.

  9. girouxed - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Im going to go cry now.

  10. georgejarkko - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:02 PM

  11. crazemastercraze - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    Flyers sign him for $7.5mil annually for the next 8 years. I’m calling it!

  12. alicesrightfootesq - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Holmgren: “We can’t lose if everyone plays for us.”

  13. chazxcore - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM
  14. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Ray Emery is an interesting case. Came back from a surgery that most would not have, ended up having a top 10 kinda yer. But missed the end of the year with a “groin” injury. Question is, was it truely a groin injury, or perhaps hip related. Can he be expected to deliver in a full season as a starter, of would a realisting expection be a “1a” – frequently playing backup, as he was with the Hawks this years (17 and 1).

    But nobody is talking about him, other than a couple mentions in the last paragraph like this article. Nobody’s interested? His agent is not talking to anyone else yet as he hopes to re-sign with the team with the best chance of winning the Cup next two years?

    I sure don’t know, and I sure hope the hawks can keep him. Part of the best goalie tandem in the league.

  15. The Hockey Fan - Jul 2, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I picked them in a video on YouTube earlier. Seems like they would be retarded and go for it. Their cap space is an obvious problem. Although it is tight for a lot of teams. Keep us posted PHT.

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  17. supercoop8 - Jul 2, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    Did he mean military drones??

  18. garryjercia - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    No. No,no,no,no,no,no,no,no,no. No.

  19. somekat - Jul 2, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    I don’t want Thomas, I’d rather they go after Nabakov or Emery, unless Thomas is willing to play very cheap

    But please stop with the doom and gloom on the Flyers cap. They will move Coburn, which will cancel out Vinnys hit. They’ll also move Meszjaros (sp?) probably for peanuts, to a team that needs to add salary and save another 4 mil. That will leave them with about 8 mil in space, not including the 4.9 that will come off the books with Pronger, so in reality they have about 13 million.

    I’m not a fan of the Streit contract, would of rather it at 2 years, and not a big fan of Vinny’s contract, would of rather it been 3 years, but neither is franchise crippling. I still say they should of at Briere’s contract for one more year, and bought out Hartnell though.

  20. jaredphi - Jul 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    I don’t want Thomas in Philly.

    I disagree with his politics strenuously, but – as I am an unemotional & rational investor – my only real concern is of him potentially being a) rusty from sitting out a year and b) a three-ring circus with regards to the media (and a distraction to the team) a la Bryz.

    Sign Emery, Halak or, make a trade with ANA involving Hiller in return. The GT market isn’t fabulous, but I think these moves could pan out and would be preferable.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jul 3, 2013 at 2:08 AM

      The guy was the best goalie on the planet all of two years ago and all he’d be needed for is 20-25 games and also one very important thing Ed Schneider politically is probably even more conservative then Tim he gives out copies of Atlas Shrugged at speeches he makes

      • jaredphi - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:39 AM

        Oh, I know about Ed’s politics.

        I still smile when I think how Sarah Palin got booed the loudest I’ve ever heard someone get razzed when she appeared at one of our games in 2008.

        Ed may be far right wing, but his fanbase overwhelmingly is not.

  21. ray2013 - Jul 3, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Did he have any serious injuries before he went on “hiatus”? I’d be really interested in his physical health, especially at his age. But it would be fun.

  22. goodolejr - Jul 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    I’m sure he knows he’s not going to get much money. For the right price, there’s no question he would be a good fit for the Flyers (provided he can still play, of course). Hell, Hasek did it successfully. Our media is absolutely atrocious but he seems like the kind of guy who can take the heat from them. And the only time he’s really been a distraction was the White House thing. The guy does one thing and all of a sudden he’s a “locker room problem.” It’s a bit different than Bryz who had old teammates that made it known they didn’t always get along with him.

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