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Tim Thomas has ‘no animosity’ toward Roberto Luongo

Nov 18, 2013, 6:50 PM EST

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For the most part, Tim Thomas seems like he’s kept quiet regarding his relationship with former 2011 Stanley Cup Final opposing goalie Roberto Luongo. When he does comment, it’s usually a “no harm done” type response.

He uttered that refrain on Monday, telling TEAM 1040’s Satiar Shah that he has “no animosity on his side” toward Luongo.

Thomas, 39, was being asked about Luongo because his Florida Panthers will face the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. (Thomas believes he’ll get the start tomorrow, though that’s not official.)

To give you a quick refresher on some of the high points of their rivalry/media kerfuffles, it started with Luongo claiming he would have stopped a game-winning goal Thomas gave up in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. The next day, Thomas memorably said he wasn’t interested in “pumping his tires.”

After that, it was all about the glorious Twitter feed of Luongo, 34. The two most memorable ones came in 2012:

Both goalies have seen some big changes since that hotly contested series – Thomas with his sabbatical last season, Luongo with his strange saga in Vancouver – so it’s not that tough to believe that the guy who won the Vezina and Stanley Cup is the one who really has moved on.

For entertainment value’s sake, it would be more fun if he’d fire back, though …

Update: Just around the time this post went up, Luongo tweeted a little bit of snark about his old buddy. So, it sounds like Bobby Lou will keep the laughs going.

  1. canucks30 - Nov 18, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    This is one of the most sensationalized non-stories in the NHL in recent memory.

    I don’t think there is anything other than mutual respect between these two as athletes and goaltenders.

    As for what they do off the ice, I don’t think either guy gives a damn.

  2. drewzducks - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    …yet the insecure one who has never won anything and turned into a sieve when the lights shined brightest keeps chirping.

    • kingcobraman - Nov 19, 2013 at 11:45 AM

      can you say Olympic gold ,,,or is that to elite for you…

      • drewzducks - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:25 PM

        The Olympics are a nice little exhibition played under international rules. The fact stands that in the biggest series of his career, with his team a prohibitive favorite, he posted an embarrassing .891 save % for the series, also a laughable .786 when his team was on the brink of clinching, and was yanked from 2 games. I’m sure those results are acceptable in Vancouver.

  3. namriverrat69 - Nov 19, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    And yet Ben Scrivens won his second shutout of the season in place of jonathan Quick.

    GO KINGS GO!!

  4. darksidecowboy - Nov 19, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Imagine if Bryz was the backup in Vancouver? The conversations would be non-stop hilarious. They’d probably get along knowing they’re both nuts, don’t change fellas!

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