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Thomas ‘upset’ about Dallas deal, but could he challenge Lehtonen?

Mar 6, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT

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Dale Tallon acknowledged Tim Thomas wasn’t happy with the deal that sent him to Dallas — “I don’t blame him for being upset,” Tallon told the Florida Sun-Sentinel — but according to his new head coach, Thomas might be getting a golden opportunity.

“I want to give Tim the opportunity to play,” Stars bench boss Lindy Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “If he plays well, I’ll give him the chance to play.”

Dallas GM Jim Nill said he made this deal because the Stars are “serious about making the playoffs and making a statement in the playoffs.” Ruff knows the importance of postseason goaltending, as his deepest runs in Buffalo came on the strength of outstanding performances by Dominik Hasek (’99 Stanley Cup Final) and Ryan Miller (’06 and ’07 Conference Finals). While Lehtonen is the No. 1 in Dallas, his postseason resume — two games — pales to that of Thomas’.

What’s more, Thomas has the chance for starts with Dallas’ busy schedule down the stretch:


That’s 20 games in 38 days for a team clinging to the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Stars have a pair of back-to-backs and will play seven of their final 10 games on the road — at that point, the decision as to who starts in goal will undoubtedly come down to who gives Dallas the best chance of winning.

According to Nill, winning is exactly why he brought Thomas aboard.

“We had the opportunity to pick up a goalie who has won a Stanley Cup and has strong playoff experience,” he explained. “This solidifies maybe the most important position on the team.”

  1. Wineshard - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    I guess you could say he had his bubble burst by Luongo’s arrival. Or is he feeling a little deflated now?

    • bigtganks - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:10 PM

      Awww, someone’s tires got popped.

      • lonespeed - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Nah, his wheels are just a little low on air.

  2. sjsharks66 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Are you kidding me? Texas seems like Thomas’s dream state.

    • flash8910 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      He can drive a big truck with a gun rack in the rear view.

    • elvispocomo - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      No kidding, they might even be the state leading the charge to secede from the US. I bet he’d be happy with that.

    • mp1131211 - Mar 6, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Nah, Texas is practically a blue state, only republican by dirty politics and redistricting. Its full of liberals and Dems and Obama loving Americans.

  3. mgp1219 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    As I said in my last post:

    Tim Thomas is a petulant brat. Period.

  4. pats2001 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    as a Bruins fan, i will always have a place in my heart for thomas because of the ridiculous run he had in 2011. anyone from boston or that is a B’s fan that feels otherwise is not a real Bruins fan and they simply do not get it. that being said, i would still love to know what planet timmy lives on. it seemed pretty clear that he had one foot out the door when they lost to the caps in 2012 and then for him to take an entire year away from the league at age 39 and then be lucky enough to sign with a team this year that gave him ample playing time and for him to complain about this trade? he’s just a different breed i guess

    • pastabelly - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      The man owns two Vezinas, a Conn Smythe, and has his nam on a Cup. He’s earned his hardware and was told throuought most of his career that he wasn’t good enough to be a starting goalie in the NHL. I will excuse the chip on his shoulder and also believe that #34 will get his number raised to the rafters at the TD Garden. I’d like to be there for that one.

      • hockeyflow33 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Why would they retire Byron Dafoe’s number?

      • pats2001 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        i don’t have a problem with him having a chip on his shoulder and i’m sure that helped him reach the pinnacle of being a goalie in the NHL. but there’s a big difference between having a chip on your shoulder and acting unprofessional. like i said, i’ll always love the guy for what he brought us in 2011…but i also think you’re living on planet Timmy if you think the B’s brass will retire his number, given his actions during the last year with the organization

      • wingsdjy - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        One Cup =/= number raised to the rafter. If it did, teams would have to use 3-digit numbers for their current players.

      • pastabelly - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Oops, meant 30, thinking of seeing him in #34 on Tuesday.

        I wouldn’t argue that one Cup gets your number retired. Two Vezinas helps and it doesn’t hurt that he’s been the best Bruins goalie in the past 50 years.

    • bsaures - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      He’s a goalie….enough said

    • mgp1219 - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

      stop with the crap about a “real Bruins fan” He quit on the Bruins because he was unhappy about who knows what. Besides, I can see from your handle that you must be a “real” patriots fan. 2001, isn’t that when they won their first super bowl??

      I appreciate everything he did while he was here, but he walked out for no apparent reason. Don’t give me the family, faith and friends garbage…because THOSE REASONS ONLY LASTED ONE HOCKEY SEASON.

      Just want to say that this is not a political statement and if you ask me any questions about it, this interview is over.

      • pats2001 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:31 AM

        you hit the nail on the head buddy, i didn’t become a “real” Pats fan until they won their first super bowl. that’s what all boston sports are like right? come out of the woodwork once they win? you are clearly one of those people that doesnt “get it.” The 2011 Bruins playoff runs was one of the most special times in our lives and i’m not going to throw that out the window because of how it ended with timmy and the B’s. “Real” Bruins fans appreciate special times like the spring of 2011

  5. bruinsfan55 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Totally agreed Pats2001. Timmy was the man for us in 2011 and we wouldn’t have won without him and personally I still like him and enjoy watching him.

  6. frankg2469 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    ’98 Conference Finals— a.k.a.—-the Sabres run to the Eastern Conference Finals in his 1st season as Head Coach should’ve also been included in Lindy Ruff’s deepest playoff runs and their links to outstanding goaltending.

  7. djshnooks - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Lindy knows amazing goalies, Tim.

    Just shut your mouth and go with it…it’s within your best interests.

    Can you imagine a WCF with Dallas and St. Louis? Lindy vs Ryan and Roy and Otter? That would be pretty exciting.

    But, Buffalo’s rooting for Miller all the way!

  8. lordstanley65 - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    I could personally give a rat’s a** for his political views. That’s not what I watch hockey for. I can get that stuff up and down the dial! That being said, thanks for the Cup, Ttimmy, and good luck in Dallas.

  9. joey4id - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    You gotta give credit where credit is due. He was a big part of the SC win in Boston. In FLA he failed to make an impact, which would have meant a playoff berth. I doubt he’ll have much of an impact with the Stars.

    • lordstanley65 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      In his defense, he wasn’t getting much help there.

  10. jeffr85392 - Mar 6, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Thomas will gripe no matter what.

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