Sep 26 2013, 9:36pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
Thomas is returning to the NHL after a one-year hiatus. He sat out the 2012-13 season, the last of a four-year deal he had with the Boston Bruins. He took part in the Panthers' training camp on a tryout basis, finally being able to play in a preseason game on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, per the NHL's official website.
Thomas' base salary is $2.5 million but it could go up to as much as $3.75 million "because of potential performance and games-played bonuses."
"Tim is a proven winner who we are pleased to have signed. He is a fierce competitor who brings to our club a wealth of experience including a Stanley Cup Championship, two Vezina trophies and a Conn Smythe. He is a hardworking, driven and dedicated individual who will help our club achieve future success."
Thomas is expected to be the Panthers' starting goaltender with Jakob Markstrom as his backup. When Scott Clemensen returns from knee rehab therapy in the AHL, he will compete with Markstrom for the backup role, per Tallon.
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