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Agent says Thomas has ‘offers on the table’

Sep 13, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

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Remember on Tuesday when Tim Thomas was reportedly “closing in on a decision” on which team he’d join for the 2013-14 NHL season?

Yeah, well, it’s Friday today, training camps are in full swing, and a decision has yet to be closed on. So what’s going on there anyway?

Per the Columbus Dispatch, the 39-year-old goalie is still exploring his options, according to his agent, Markus Lehto of ACME World Sports.

Lehto says Thomas “does have offers on the table, and there has been interest from clubs. It’s just finding the right situation for him.” (Not surprisingly, the Blue Jackets, who have their own Vezina Trophy-winning goalie, are not an option.)

As for Thomas’s desire to be a starter, not a backup, Lehto had this to say: “Guys who have the talent and the track record want an opportunity to play, to be a big part of the team. Thomas is understanding, fully, that there is going to be a competition wherever he goes. He’s in great shape and he’s ready for that. But you want to know there’s going to be an opportunity.”

The Florida Panthers are one team that’s reportedly interested in Thomas; they’ve extended him an invitation to tryout.

It was reported in July that Thomas was exploring an NHL return. He took last year off to focus on “friends, family and faith.”

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  1. skr213 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Can someone tell me why the Flames aren’t jumping at this?

    • esracerx46 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      Because fat boy thinks Karri Ramo is the second coming of Kipper. And at 39 years old, Thomas wont be around when the Flames are relevant again. Sorry Calgary fans, it will be a couple years to get back on top….especially if Feaster sticks around. I kind of wish the Hawks made an offer to Thomas instead of khabibulin.

      • skr213 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        The fact that they have a young gun and a couple of years before they’re back in it makes this even more of a good move. Bring in Thomas to mentor the young guy and teach the team about what it takes to be a winner. Can’t imagine a better fit.

  2. esracerx46 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Im somewhat surprised the Islanders didnt toll his contract. Nabby isnt a spring chicken.

    • killerpgh - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:55 PM

      It was rumored to be one of Thomas’s demands that his contract not be tolled when he waived his no trade clause to go to the Islanders.

      • esracerx46 - Sep 13, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Money must not be an issue with him, because I highly doubt he is going to get the 3 million he would have earned.

  3. sjsharks66 - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    If Thomas was open to be a back up and the Sharks had the money, I would love to see him between the pipes.

    • sjsblitz - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      No, just no

    • skr213 - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      I hope you’re kidding. We finally get to see what Stalock can do (post tendon slashing) and you want to bring in this old-timer?? Plus, he would NEVER live in the uber-liberal Bay Area – he won’t even shake Obama’s hand for christ sake!

  4. caniacx4 - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    WHO CARES ????

  5. mathieug79 - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    Perfect situation would be either Colorado , Islanders, Winnipeg.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      Jets just threw a whole bunch of money at Pavelec, no way they’d take Thomas.

      • mathieug79 - Sep 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        yeah and he sucks!!

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        Spoken like someone who’s never watched him play.

      • mathieug79 - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:46 PM

        actually for all the nice saves he has done, He let in as many bad goals. I’ve been watching him for a while now, I remember watching him when he was with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

  6. joey4id - Sep 13, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    So! The agent is basically saying that no one is willing to risk giving him a contract without substantial evidence he can return to the form he was before bailing. Two way contract at a bargain price with bonuses based on starts and wind. Teams need to protect themselves from injury. Thomas can ill afford to miss any ice time so he best accept a PTO and compete for a spot. No gimmes.

  7. amityvillefun - Sep 13, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Bring him back to Boston to finish the job Tuukka left on the table!

    Kidding aside, they were a good pair. But Thomas is still the better goalie.

    Don’t get me wrong, Tuukka is great, and a team favorite, but I want to see that Cup back in Boston again!

    • sabatimus - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Tuukka stood on his head the entire year. He is not the reason the B’s didn’t with the Stanley. After being out of the NHL for a while, no way Thomas is the better goalie.

  8. joewilliesshnoz - Sep 13, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    An almost 40 yr. old goalie, who hasn’t played in a year, no wonder the phone isn’t ringing.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 13, 2013 at 4:09 PM

      The phone is ringing, he has an outstanding offer on the table. Learn to read please.

  9. arbruins - Sep 13, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    You are correct, Obama does suck!

  10. braddavery - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Thomas is one full season removed from a 2.36 GAA (would have been good for 16th last season) and a .920 SV% (would have been good for 14th last season). After a year of rest, he should still be a good starter in this league.

  11. helladonks - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    the part of the quote that says “hes in great shape” raises at least one of my eye brows.
    i thought this guy had gotten fat and out of shape?

  12. dprouse - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    His agent is doing his best, but let’s be honest – he’s bluffing with a pair of twos. If Thomas had a bona ride one way offer on the table, he would have taken it. The fact is that he has, or had, some tryout offers – that’s it. At this point, he might almost be better off waiting for the regular season to start, and wait for an offer from a team unhappy with how their goalies are panning out.

    • joey4id - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Lets say your scenario plays Out. How does that team integrate Thomas into their line up? How much time will he need to be in game shape? Keep in mind he has missed a whole year and he’s 39. Will he ever be the goalie he once ways? Say he gets at minimum three or four weeks of practice. With no preseaon games he would have to play in the AHL to get some game time. So, add another 2 weeks. Will a team unhappy with their goalies be willing to gamble on this guy in these circumstances?

      • dprouse - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        You make a number of fair points – Thomas is a huge risk for anyone. I’m just saying that if a team that considered itself a contender saw its goaltending situation fall apart early, Thomas on a one year deal might be a worthwhile gamble.

        A big part of why he hasn’t been picked up, in my view, is the fact that he isn’t seen as a team guy. Thomas became a distraction to the Bruins towards the end, and teams no doubt worry that they would be bringing a problem into their dressing room right from day one.

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