NHL: Florida Panthers Sign G Tim Thomas to 1-Year, $3.75 M Deal

The Florida Panthers signed goaltender Tim Thomas to a one-year deal on Thursday which could be as much as $3.75 million.

Sep 26 2013, 9:36pm CDT | by

NHL: Florida Panthers Sign G Tim Thomas to 1-Year, $3.75 M Deal
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The Florida Panthers signed comebacking goaltender Tim Thomas to a one-year deal on Thursday. 

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. 

According to George Richards of the Miami Herald,"Thomas reported to Panthers' training camp in good shape and will likely be Florida's opening night starter in Dallas on Oct. 3."

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." 

Panthers general manager Dale Tallon is very happy with his team's latest acquisition. 

"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. 

The 39-year-old Thomas previously spent his entire with the Boston Bruins, a team he won the Stanley Cup with in 2011. He has a career save percentage of 92 percent and a 2.48 goals-against average. 

His signing coincides with the news of New York businessman Vincent Viola taking over as the Panthers' new owner on Friday, as confirmed by a league source to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. 


 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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