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Poll: Where should Tim Thomas land?

Sep 10, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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Free agent goalie Tim Thomas is reportedly zeroing in on his preferred NHL destination, but who knows if he’ll really make the best decision. He’s made some polarizing choices in the past, after all.

Still, when you consider his impressive resume, goalie-poor teams would be wise to give him a look. So let’s discuss where he should land.

Before you vote, note that many teams were canceled out because they have an incumbent No. 1 and/or the squad has been taken out of the mix (example: the New York Islanders).

Sure, some of these teams might make more sense than others, but that’s for you to decide.

Calgary – With Miikka Kiprusoff officially retired, the Flames have a crater-sized hole in net and new exec Brian Burke loves his American players. That being said, Thomas might not want to play for a team that’s finally embracing a rebuild.

Colorado – The Avalanche have two goalies locked up, but only for 2013-14. If any head coach would want to roll the dice with a high-risk, high-reward netminder, it would probably be Patrick Roy. This team has some intriguing sleeper potential and Thomas lives in the area, so the idea at least makes some sense on paper.

Florida – Thomas already made a lot of sense in Sunrise even before Scott Clemmensen‘s injury. Now it looks even better, especially since the Panthers would gain more breathing room to develop Jacob Markstrom, whose contract is two-way in 2013-14 before going one-way the following season. Like Calgary, the bigger hurdle might be convincing Thomas to play for a struggling team.

Winnipeg – Of all these listed teams, knocking off the Jets’ No. 1 might be the toughest; the organization might find it difficult to stomach watching a $3.9 million goalie sitting on the bench. Still, Pavelec’s numbers look more like those of a backup netminder, and you have to wonder how much longer the honeymoon will last in Winnipeg.

Again, these aren’t ideal situations, yet they likely make the most sense for Thomas. (Feel free to dissent in the comments.) With all that in mind, pick the place that makes the most sense.

  1. bcisleman - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    If he is serious about insisting on a starting job up front, nowhere. Any team that would commit to that given his age and how long he’s been gone is nuts. If he was willing to work tandem w/ Nabby and EARN a starting job, I’d love to see him on the Island…notwithstanding his politics.

  2. usm418 - Sep 10, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    A Red State.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Calgary makes the most sense

    • withseidelinn - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      I agree with Calgary, since he would be a better backup for Ramo than Joey Mcdonald. However I think Florida would benefit most from his services (assuming he has a strong season), simply because Markstrom is so young and could use a mentor of a higher skill level than Scott Clemmensen.

  4. girouxed - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Not sure Tim wants any of those gigs…. If I remember correctly I think he wanted to play for a team like Philly.. For a lack of a better term.

  5. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Calgary could probably use him the most. With Kipper gone, they have nothing but unproven or backup goalies. Kari Ramo, Joey MacDonald, Reto Berra… none are experienced starters in the NHL. Thomas would make a good stop-gap for a year or two while they test the waters with the younger goalies. Plus Luongo and Thomas in the same division would be entertaining.

  6. 950003cups - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Thomas would be a good fit in either Dallas, Minnesota, Calgary, or Phoenix.

  7. packerswin96 - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Siberia is the best spot for this nut job!

  8. avfanforlife - Sep 10, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    It will not be Colorado. Roy has already said Varly is the guy. I think he’s done, but Calgary could be a possibility. It will be interesting to see if he is signed and if it is as a #1 or as a #2/mentor role

  9. amityvillefun - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Good luck to Tim anywhere he plays. Disagree with his politics? That’s fine, that’s why it’s supposed to be a “free” country. Free to speak your mind and free to disagree with the status quo.

    Fact of the matter is that he never hurt anyone, except maybe Obama’s feelings. Does Obama cry over his approval ratings too?

    Personally, I’m grateful for him delivering a Stanley Cup to the Bruins. And I respect that the man has the cajones to stand up for his beliefs, whether I happen to agree with him or not.

    Tuukka Rask still has one more task to achieve if he wants to say he’s as good as Tim Thomas.

  10. hockeyflow33 - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    Thomas was ostracized by the Boston media because he disagreed with how the country was handled, meanwhile Ference was at least equally far-left and was paraded around by the Globe and other media outlets.

    Not saying either political stance is right or wrong but Thomas was treated horribly by the Boston media.

    • amityvillefun - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM

      Aside from newspapers making a big deal about him skipping the White House visit (which happens to ANY sports star that does that) do you have any other examples? I’m not saying you are wrong, just wondering what else might have been said…

      • kcbruinsfan - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Name another sports star that declined to visit the White House for a post-championship photo op that was villified in the media the way Thomas was. Maybe they exist, but I can’t think of any off of the top of my head.

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:17 PM

        Members of the Sox front office skipped as well and the Globe didn’t care.

        Based off your posts amity, I think you’re from the area too and I’m sure you listen to sports radio and read the same papers so it was all in there. Once the WH thing popped up, everyone was all over him, especially when he brought religion in.

    • amityvillefun - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:42 AM

      http://theweek.com/article/index/248548/18-athletes-who-refused-to-visit-the-white-house

  11. 13datsyuk13 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:56 AM

    Vancouver could use a controversial back up goalie. Nobody in Canada cares about his politics.

    • amityvillefun - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      That way Lou could pump his tires any damn time he liked!

  12. swenny19 - Sep 11, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    @950003cups why in the hell would Minnesota be a good fit? Why would they even want him? You sir, are an idiot.

  13. jacketsfan7 - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    How would he be a backup to ramo? He’s way better than him…….

  14. hockeydon10 - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    His post-apocalyptic bunker?

  15. bigx21 - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Send him to AHL or KHL!! He jeopardize his career over politics!! Now you have to suffer for your consequences.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 11, 2013 at 5:18 PM

      What?

  16. girouxed - Sep 11, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    People that say he’s crazy are either jealous that he can afford to have a bunker or just extremely stupid.

  17. braddavery - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Ha, maybe the Canucks can sign him then trade Luongo to Calgary or Florida. Win/win for everyone.

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