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Report: Panthers offer Thomas tryout

Sep 10, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

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Following up on the earlier report that Tim Thomas is close to picking a team with which to sign, TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweets that the Florida Panthers have offered the 39-year-old goalie a tryout.

Goaltending was a major problem last year for the Panthers, who finished with the worst record in the NHL.

As it stands, Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clemmensen (who just had knee surgery, by the way) are slated to share duties in Florida. The former, just 23 years old, is supposed to be the future in Florida; however, he still has much to prove after a so-so 2013 season in which his save percentage finished at .901.

Thomas, according to his agent, wants to be a starter on the team he joins. Would he get that opportunity with the Panthers, or are they committed to Markstrom as their number one for 2013-14?

At the very least, we know that Florida is intrigued at the possibility of adding the two-time Vezina Trophy winner.

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  1. 950003cups - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    How can they even call it a “competition”?

    Clemmensen was a career back up with 1 playoff start (lost)

    Markstrom is a sophmore BACK UP with an 8-14-1 record

    Then you have Tim Thomas, a Stanley Cup Champion

    Thomas will win it, and probably mentor Markstrom.

    • ibieiniid - Sep 10, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      you forgot to mention the fact that he’s 39 and hasn’t played with a team in over a year.

      not saying he’s better or worse, just saying that’s not really a fair comparison when you say it with no information.

      • 950003cups - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        What’s your point? Clemmensen is 36

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        Well the 39 year old is only a few years removed from the greatest post season performance of all time. He also fought for nearly a decade just to get a shot into the league; never doubt someone with that type of hunger.

    • c9castine - Sep 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      i dont care if hes 39 and hasnt played in the nhl for a year and a half or not, theres no competition. tim thomas is your starter, or hes nothing. sign the guy itll be the best thing florida has done for a while.

  2. sjsblitz - Sep 10, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    I just wanna see him eating at a Chic-fil-a

  3. deathbat20 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    This doesn’t make sense to me, the Panthers are most likely not gonna be good this year, you have nothing to lose by letting Markstrom play and getting important NHL experience, Thomas will just be a distraction even if tries to stay quite. If I’m Florida I’m seeing what Markstrom will do this year as a starter and staying away from Thomas like the plague

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      I’m not sure how letting a goalie get shelled is good for his development but yea, that makes sense.

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