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Panthers confirm Thomas’ one-year, $3.75M deal

Sep 26, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers made it official on Thursday, signing Tim Thomas to a one-year deal.

Thomas will receive a base salary of $2.5 million but he could reach bonuses up to $3.75 million (which counts as his salary cap hit), according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Cap Geek points out that his deal includes a no-movement clause.

“Tim is a proven winner who we are pleased to have signed,” Tallon said. “He is a fierce competitor who brings to our club a wealth of experience including a Stanley Cup Championship, two Vezina trophies and a Conn Smythe. He is a hardworking, driven and dedicated individual who will help our club achieve future success.”

Can Thomas, 39, shake off a year of rust and put up fantastic numbers without the Bruins system and Zdeno Chara? That’s anyone’s guess, but few would deny that it should be fascinating to watch.

Here are some key dates for Thomas and the Panthers:

Oct. 3: the team’s season-opener in Dallas.
Oct. 11: the Panthers’ home opener against Pittsburgh.
Oct. 17: Panthers host the Bruins.
Nov. 7: Florida travels to Boston.
Nov. 19: Florida visits Vancouver. Could we see a Thomas vs. Roberto Luongo match?

  1. peterjohnjoseph - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    After a year of the three F’s, Thomas’ new three F’s now will include Florida, Funds, and (Season) Failure.

  2. peterjohnjoseph - Sep 26, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    *will now

    Re-reading that hurt.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      I’m correcting my comment, not the article.

  3. jhuck92 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    All of a sudden, a small-market team like the Panthers has “key dates” haha

  4. terrier92 - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Do not underestimate Tim Thomas

    Guy is a battler

    Thanks for all you did with Bruins

    • amityvillefun - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

      Amen dude.

  5. slysipops - Sep 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    good for the panthers. hope for a great year for you tim !

  6. jbo77 - Sep 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Dale Tallon with another interesting move. Hope it works out well for the Panthers and that Tim Thomas can shake off a year’s worth of rust.

  7. Expat in Saudi - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    terrier92 – actually, think of all the things the Bruins did for Tim Thomas. I look at is sort of like Phoenix. Dave Tippet builds a solid defensive team every year – and the goalie is the beneficiary. Not saying that the goalies who played for Phoenix were crappy – but playing in Phoenix definitely helped their stats and game. The team that the Bruins built in front of Thomas did the same. Thomas is definitely a good goalie – even a great goalie – but night after night in Florida…I don’t see him posting the same stats as in Boston unless the whole Florida team steps up…

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