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Thomas ‘willing to entertain’ re-signing in Florida

Feb 4, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT


All signs point to Tim Thomas extending his NHL comeback beyond this season — the question now is, where?

Sounds like Florida, the team that gave him his comeback shot, is in the mix.

“I’m certainly willing to entertain the idea,” Thomas said about returning to the Panthers next season, per the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I haven’t talked to the club about that.”

Thomas, 39, should be a pretty interesting figure over the next few weeks. His name will likely pop up as the Mar. 5 trade deadline draws near — a pending UFA, Thomas could be a nice pickup for any team looking to solidify its goaltending depth for the playoffs.

While Panthers GM Dale Tallon has no intention of trading his No. 1 goalie, he did admit it would be “a different story” if Thomas asked for a trade.

And that’s where things could get interesting.

Thomas is admittedly disappointed with Florida’s on-ice results this season. He acknowledged it’s a young team going through some growing pains, and he might not be willing to stick around for the learning process.

“I was hoping by this time to be seeing more team success,” he explained. That’s been a little bit difficult. Having said that, it’s a process. I knew coming into it where the team was last year.

“I bought into this process, and what we’re trying to do is turn it around.”

Thomas carries a $2.5 million cap hit with a no-movement clause, so he can essentially decide his fate for this season.

  1. lowenni - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    “Willing to entertain” doesn’t sound too promising. Basically saying “I’m willing to briefly ponder it and use my ears and then move on to somewhere else”.

  2. wjarvis - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Unfortunately for Thomas, most of the teams that he wants to play for are only willing to entertain signing him as a backup if he takes a large pay cut, and none of them would want him as the starter.

  3. c9castine - Feb 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I’m Willing to be his next move is as a backup on a playoff team….I think he’d be really valuable in that role. I think if Columbus had Tim Thomas to back up bobrovskyj going into the playoffs or minnesotaeven grabbing him would make I teams like that much better

  4. mrhyperpants - Feb 4, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Lol, no other team wants you Thomas. That’s what you get for thinking your the big man. Then pissing off form Boston and taking a year leave and thinking teams will want to snap you up. …….. Epic fail Timmy.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Feb 4, 2014 at 7:17 PM

      Wait, who wouldn’t want the 30th best goalie in the NHL, who is only 39, to build their team around?

  5. nicofthenorthstar - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Would the new contract have a clause that allows him to use his stick like a battle axe to the heads of opposing forwards? No way he’s signing if not.

  6. georgejarkko - Feb 4, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Wasn’t that the position Thomas Vanek took towards the Isles before they offered him $50m/7yrs?

  7. skr213 - Feb 4, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    He’s currently 41st in the NHL for save percentage. He should be “considering” ANY offer out there.

    • thesportsjudge - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:59 AM

      According to ESPN(ugh, I hate them and their site) he is tied for 24th with a .912 SP.

      • thesportsjudge - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:02 AM

        Put in perspective, he is tied (SP wise) with Antti Niemi and .002 behind Corey Crawford AND Jaroslav Halak and .001 behind Jimmy Howard.

    • thesportsjudge - Feb 5, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      He is also ahead of Jonathan Quick(.909)

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