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Panthers GM on Tim Thomas: ‘He’s what we need’

Oct 20, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

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After mixing an injury with a few rocky starts, Tim Thomas needed the kind of night he generated against Minnesota on Saturday, as he stopped 30 out of 31 shots to help the Florida Panthers top the Wild 2-1 (SO). Panthers GM Dale Tallon told the Miami Herald that Thomas already had enough with losing – and that attitude makes all the difference.

“He’s not used to this. And let me tell you something, this guy is a winner,” Tallon said. “When we talked to him in the summer, that’s the first thing that jumped out. He wants to win and he battles. He’s a difference maker and he gives our guys some confidence out there. He’s a champion. He’s what we need.”

Really, the 39-year-old showed that competitive edge in his return from a lower-body injury against his former team the Boston Bruins on Thursday, even though he lost. Thomas stopped 37 out of 40 shots but the Panthers fell short 3-2.

It shouldn’t be too shocking to hear that he’s getting his legs under him when you consider the fact that he’s stopped 67 of 71 shots in the last two contests.

“I’m feeling more comfortable there, feeling progressively better,” Thomas said.

The Panthers might just get progressively better with him.

  1. terrier92 - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Wish Nothing but the best for him

    Tx for all you did in Boston

  2. c9castine - Oct 20, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    i have been saying this since it first surfaced he was trying to make a comeback…youd have to be crazy or stupid to think this guy was gonna come back and not be awesome. i know some have never liked him but i have since i first saw him player wih boston i have always been impressed with his battle level and his skill and athleticism and his winning determination. im not from boston or florida, im from pittsburgh. and this guy has always impressed me, no bias can effect that.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Oct 20, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    ^^^^amen
    What I was going to say was basically already said

  4. joeyashwi - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    Always been a fan of his. I wish the Wild would have made a run at signing him knowing Harding’s medical situation and Backstrom’s decline. Good luck on a great season to Thomas and the Panthers.

  5. skr213 - Oct 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    I feel like everyone’s taking crazy pills. The guy is a dick. Glad he landed somewhere awful. I hope they finish at the bottom of the league.

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