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Panthers put Thomas on IR

Oct 23, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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The Florida Panthers put goalie Tim Thomas on injured reserve Wednesday, one day after he left a 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago with under three minutes left in regulation.

According to Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen, Thomas (groin) will not play in either of this weekend’s games against Buffalo (Friday) or Tampa Bay (Sunday).

Thomas, 39, has already missed time this year with a groin injury, but returned on Oct. 17 to face his former team, the Boston Bruins, in a 3-2 loss.

On the year, Thomas has posted a 3.11 GAA with a .905 save percentage, but those numbers are skewed thanks to a two-game stretch in which he allowed five goals on 28 shots in a blowout loss to St. Louis, then followed it by allowing two goals on five shots against Philly before getting yanked due to the aforementioned groin injury.

Over his last three games, Thomas has actually played quite well — he stopped 37 of 40 in the loss to Boston, 30 of 31 in a shootout win over Minnesota and 25 of 27 last night against Chicago.

After Sunday’s game against the Bolts, Florida doesn’t play again until Friday, Nov. 1 against St. Louis. So there’s a chance Thomas will be activated in time for rematch against the Blues.

  1. joey4id - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Time to check out again. This is a futile experiment for the Panthers, and rather lucrative for TT. He should just go back to his family and friends. He’ll be safer there, and stop taking money from the poor Panthers.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      That team is garbage and he’s kept them in games they had no business being in.

      • joey4id - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        well! If only he can stay in games himself, then I suppose it would have been a good investment. 3.75m is probably pocket change for the owners.

  2. mikemaric - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    Sounds like his tire pressure is low.

  3. sabatimus - Oct 23, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Hahaha I called it.

  4. dropthepuckeh - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Get better soon Timmy, can’t wait to see you in Boston on November 7th. I get chills just thinking about the reception he is going to receive from the crowd.

  5. elvispocomo - Oct 23, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    So many teams wanting to try a cheap alternative rather than moving for a proven goalie. Florida is just the latest and they’ll suffer as a result if they can’t get it fixed.

    • hockeyflow33 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

      How is a two time Vezina, Conn Smythe and Cup winner not a proven goalie?

      • elvispocomo - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

        Really? When he’s almost 40, has just come off a year sabbatical after going tea party crazy, and is facing his second groin injury in a season that’s only 10 games old for the Panthers that’s kind of the definition of uncertainty.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        He took a year off to spend time with his family after playing pro hockey for well over a decade, how is that a bad thing?
        There are several other top goalies injured, when will you start calling those guys out? Groin, knee and hip problems happen no matter how hard you train.

      • elvispocomo - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        Ok, so there’s one of my points – how about the rest? Tie them altogether and that makes for a goalie that’s likely not the answer to winning games in Miami unless you’re the visiting team.

        Ignore that if you want, but don’t bother replying if you don’t have a valid argument as to why he will be the solution or is at least a good possibility to be over other options they had.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        I don’t know how you’ll ever win an argument when the crux of it hinges on better goaltending = a worse team.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:54 AM

      Ahhh, the issue with the looney liberal elvispocomo is TT didn’t kiss Obama’s butt and now his feelings are hurt.

      Only one other active goalie has the hardware that TT has on his trophy shelf; that’s proven fact.

      • elvispocomo - Oct 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        I’m not even American and TT is hardly the craziest person with any kind of power in the US. He’s not causing a government shutdown over a law that’s already been passed for instance.

        If Florida really wants him and feels he’s the answer to their goaltending woes, then go right ahead.

  6. steelers88 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    He should just retire.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Oct 23, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    The hate for this guy is ridiculous. He shares an opinion that nearly 50% of voters agree with and somehow he’s crazy?

    It’s also disgusting to see so-called Bruins fans railing on Thomas; that’s how everyone knows you’re a pink hat.

    • joey4id - Oct 23, 2013 at 4:26 PM

      Not sure how old you are. The young and naive usually get very annoyed. Where is the hate for this guy? He was out for a year, he’s 39 years old, and many here don’t believe he had a shot to being the goalie he was before he walked away. Is that hate? Perhaps it is interpreted as hate by the young and naive.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 23, 2013 at 6:19 PM

        I don’t know whether you’re stupid or just ignorant to pretend like hating on Tim Thomas isn’t extremely prevalent on this site and in the media.

    • dropthepuckeh - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      I agree totally. Who cares what these guys think for politics. I think its impressive he cares at all regardless of which party he supports. If you can’t tolerate other political viewpoints aren’t you just as narrow minded as what you are attacking him for being?

    • greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      Hockeyflow3, you’re wasting your time with the nitwit joey3id; he’s clearing working without a clue, knows next to nothing and just continues to troll.

  8. jacketsfan7 - Oct 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Geez with all these injuries they may have decided to get dipietro

  9. greenmtnboy31 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    First goaltender to win the Stanley Cup, Vezina, and Conn Smythe trophies in the same season since Bernie Parent for the 1974–75 season.

    No, he’s not a proven goalie.

    Haters gonna hate a winner, and B’s fans keep on whining because he didn’t need them as much as they needed him.

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