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Video: Thomas feels ‘almost reborn’ in Florida

Sep 17, 2013, 2:46 PM EDT

Florida Panthers hopeful Tim Thomas met with the media for the first time on Tuesday, conducting a lengthy Q&A with reporters.

Here’s the video:

Some highlights:

— Nobody pressed Thomas on his personal politics, the White House snub or anything relating to Facebook. The closest was someone calling him a “polarizing figure” (though that was partly in relation to Thomas walking away from the game in the manner he did).

— The thought of never playing hockey again crossed his mind. Sorry, the thought of never playing haaaw-key again crossed his mind.

— Someone asked if he was happy Florida wasn’t a big hockey market with lots of media attention, to which Thomas replied he hadn’t really thought about the media much over the last year.

— Among the things he did during his sabbatical: built some townhouses, hunted alligator, made an alligator into a rug, and saw his kids.

— He said it was extremely difficult leaving the Bruins organization, but it was the right thing for himself and his family.

— Is Thomas in Florida to be the starter? “I definitely came here to play hockey,” he replied, which was actually a pretty slick way of dodging the question.

Related: Thomas is a smart gamble for Panthers

  1. canucks30 - Sep 17, 2013 at 2:58 PM

  2. pepper2011 - Sep 17, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Good luck Timmy – Thanks for the Cup; I wish you had realized you were “tired” before the Washington Series. Is there a better state for Tim Thomas to play in? should fit right in…

    • illashell - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      And they say Boston fans don’t have delusions of grandeur..

      • pepper2011 - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        I am confused by the “delusions of grandeur”

        I thanked him for the Cup – he played out of his mind in 2011

        2012 – was ok, but not great, and he looked kind of weak against Washington when they lost in 7. He wasn’t Bryz bad, but not what you got from him in 2011 or Rask in 2013.

        If you “retire” because you are tired a few weeks after your season ends; I don’t think it’s a huge leap of faith to think he may have been tired a month earlier. I would to have liked to have seen Tuukka in there is Thomas was tired.

        I think Florida is the perfect state for him because Florida is; well, Florida.

  3. joey4id - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I was tired…. Hahahahaha! Try working 40 to 60 hours a week with 3 weeks of vacation for 25 to 30 years. Too funny Mr. T. He’s reborn.. There is a season called summer which players use to recharge their batteries. What a joke.

    • helladonks - Sep 17, 2013 at 6:25 PM

      is it odd that i enjoy and prefer that life style?
      granted, im only 25, but i dont see myself NOT installing floors 6 days a week, 51 weeks a year, for the next 25-30 years

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      You should really see what a pro athlete’s life is like, especially one when his team is successful. They work long days and are required to travel half their work time; they also have to eat and train properly.

      Not crying poor for pro athletes but to act like it’s some easy gig that people luck into is ridiculous.

      • mp1131211 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:09 AM

        He didn’t say anything about easy or luck.

      • joey4id - Sep 18, 2013 at 6:44 AM

        Hockeyflow33, I don’t know what a pro athlete’s life is like. Why don’t you describe a typical game day and non game day routine for hockey players?

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        My job isn’t to educate you, do a bit of googling and you’ll have all sorts of information at your fingertips. There are all sorts of books about the horrors of playing as a minor leaguer as well; read one of those.

        This player took himself, and his family, all over Europe for years. What type of toll do you think that takes on your family?

  4. afrozenpond - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Tim Thomas…animal killer. Big, tough guy he is

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:04 AM


  5. spochiefsfan - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    “animal killer…”?
    Come on bleeding heart. Maybe if it was a dog I’d agree. Plus, who WOULDN’T want to have an alligator as a rug?
    Bet his dog doesn’t piss on it.

    • pepper2011 - Sep 18, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      I wouldn’t want an Alligator rug. Not at all.

      maybe if it was a dog? who are you michael vick?

      I get hunting as means to feed your family or provide for them 100%.

      hunting for “sport” is just stupid.

      A) it’s not a sport
      B) the animal has a brain about 1/10 the size of a human (debatable)
      C) I guess if you are running around with a spear or knife; it’s actually difficult – other than that – waiting hidden in camo or in a tree with an instrument that mimics the animal is a set up; not a hunt.

      It would be the equivalent of a Navy Seal and you (presuming you are not also a Navy Seal) getting dropped off in the woods and you can only bite him or scratch him, but he has a gun – who’s gonna win?

      Like I said; hunting to sustain yourself is one thing, but to make a rug or wall mount and say- “I outsmarted an animal” is pretty stupid cause the game was rigged to begin with. You verse them on an equal playing ground would never happen. David Booth is a great example. Giant Vag- but posts pictures of dead bears… total hero! would love to see what happened if he stumbled upon a Grizzly with no gun and camo, and he just his hands. It’s like posting pictures of bugs I have stepped on, but I guess killing a defenseless animal while hiding shows how manly you are.

  6. frankiesweep - Sep 17, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Hopefully he got a nice pair of gator boots too. Go Timmy!!!!

  7. wills19 - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    @joey do you ever get tired of working your job and feel like you need a break? We all do and guess what? We all wish we could somehow take a bunch of time off and not have to worry about money and if we could then we would, but not all of us can and I guarantee you if you had that option then you would do it. Thomas was able to do that and there is nothing wrong with that. Being a professional athlete is no cake walk and they still have to work their a$$es off.

  8. LampyB - Sep 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Joey you’re an idiot.

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