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Damaged Goods 07-01-2013 09:41 PM

Tim Thomas
 
:stanley:

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Quote:

Former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Tim Thomas is looking to make his return to the NHL next season following a year of self-imposed absence from the league.

Thomas' agent, Bill Zito, announced his client's intentions via his Twitter account Monday afternoon.
"Tim Thomas has asked me to explore possible options for next season. We'll have no further comment at this time. Thanks," Zito tweeted.

Judging from the announcement, the 39-year-old Thomas appears to be ready to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, which means the New York Islanders have chosen not to toll his contract for next season.

The Islanders acquired the controversial goaltender this season in a trade with the Boston Bruins -- a move largely believed to be a beneficial salary-cap transaction for both teams -- though Thomas refused to report to New York and was subsequently suspended by the team.

Neither Islanders officials nor Zito could be immediately reached for comment.

http://espn.go.com/new-york/nhl/stor...e-year-absence

Alchemy 07-01-2013 09:44 PM

Plan the parade.

Giroux It 07-01-2013 09:50 PM

I got the route mapped out

RoDu 07-01-2013 09:50 PM

not sure if I want

LegionOfDoom91 07-01-2013 09:54 PM

I think the reactions of some on here will be worth it alone.

With Hasek taking years off at an older age than Thomas and still playing well is encouraging. I'm
cautiously optimistic on signing Thomas.

MacFlyer 07-01-2013 09:56 PM

I'd give it a 75% chance. If no more than 2 years, not sure there's a better option out there. He's got the most upside (i.e. his former self is better than anyone else's upside). And he's the best mentor for mason. Better option than halak because we don't give anyone up. If mason's not the real deal in two years, we go on the hunt again...

LI Fly Guy 07-01-2013 10:00 PM

How could anyone not want him? Unless they aren't flyer fans. No risk at all. Guy is a gamer.

3Fs 07-01-2013 10:01 PM

I think it would be good if 1-2 years at a reasonable cap hit. Would be a good mentor to Mason.

Giroux It 07-01-2013 10:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MacFlyer (Post 68448615)
I'd give it a 75% chance. If no more than 2 years, not sure there's a better option out there. He's got the most upside (i.e. his former self is better than anyone else's upside). And he's the best mentor for mason. Better option than halak because we don't give anyone up. If mason's not the real deal in two years, we go on the hunt again...

I dont think Thomas would take 2 years. I think there are alot of teams who have interest in a Goalie. I would think Thomas bidding will start at 3-4 years.

RoDu 07-01-2013 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LI Fly Guy (Post 68448831)
How could anyone not want him? Unless they aren't flyer fans. No risk at all. Guy is a gamer.

my issue is at his age he takes a year off, how long will it take to get the rust off and at some point age will catch up to him

LegionOfDoom91 07-01-2013 10:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MacFlyer (Post 68448615)
I'd give it a 75% chance. If no more than 2 years, not sure there's a better option out there. He's got the most upside (i.e. his former self is better than anyone else's upside). And he's the best mentor for mason. Better option than halak because we don't give anyone up. If mason's not the real deal in two years, we go on the hunt again...

I don't think years or money will be a real issue here. His main motivation as to why he's coming back is to get a shot at Sochi. He forfeited about $5M last year to take off. I don't think he's looking for a payday or a more than a year contract for now.

I think he's looking for the best fit more than the terms.

Brostradamus 07-01-2013 10:02 PM

Hell no. Don't want the distraction, don't think he still has it, more of a liability to this team than an asset. Plenty of other goalies to backup Mason since that seems to be the organizations plan....

Giroux It 07-01-2013 10:02 PM

See the thing is Thomas has all the leverage. Teams are coming to him not the other way around.

CSKA1974 07-01-2013 10:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LI Fly Guy (Post 68448831)
How could anyone not want him? Unless they aren't flyer fans. No risk at all. Guy is a gamer.

You might want to refer to Bryz signing thread

LI Fly Guy 07-01-2013 10:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CSKA1974 (Post 68449051)
You might want to refer to Bryz signing thread

For what?

LI Fly Guy 07-01-2013 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RoDu (Post 68448935)
my issue is at his age he takes a year off, how long will it take to get the rust off and at some point age will catch up to him

I'm not worried about that. Age is just a number ecspecially if you take care of yourself. A lot of guys play into their 40's. He can do it. Like I said he's a gamer.

LegionOfDoom91 07-01-2013 10:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LI Fly Guy (Post 68449105)
For what?

Not many on here (me included) supported Bryz's play, that's what he was trying to get at there.

Giroux It 07-01-2013 10:09 PM

Does anybody really want another goalie with a personality disorder? :sarcasm:

LI Fly Guy 07-01-2013 10:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LegionOfDoom91 (Post 68449235)
Not many on here (me included) supported Bryz's play, that's what he was trying to get at that there.

Gotcha. Bryz's play to me was in between his supporters and his haters. Which is nowhere near what it should of been for his salary. All good. Tim Thomas is what this team needs.

CSKA1974 07-01-2013 10:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LI Fly Guy (Post 68449105)
For what?

The level of some folks excitement for signing him. And for arguments from others

Giroux It 07-01-2013 10:13 PM

Contract Stipulation - Mustache Requirement. Then I will consider it

LegionOfDoom91 07-01-2013 10:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Giroux It (Post 68449343)
Does anybody really want another goalie with a personality disorder? :sarcasm:

He could be Hitler for all I care as long as he stops the puck.

Damaged Goods 07-01-2013 10:16 PM

Jesse Spector, Sporting News:

Quote:

Thomas has not posted on Facebook since Feb. 27, when he quoted a Bible passage: “1 Corinthians 9:25 (NIV) Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”
http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/stor...ns-stanley-cup


Hopefully that means Thomas has been training since at least February. I doubt he would decide to come back to the NHL on a fleeting impulse after sitting around on his butt for months, as some have feared. Personal pride is on the line, after all. Pros don't like to embarrass themselves on the ice.

LegionOfDoom91 07-01-2013 10:17 PM

Can they make a special exception for Thomas to sign on the 4th of July? It's only right.

Giroux It 07-01-2013 10:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LegionOfDoom91 (Post 68449741)
Can they make a special exception for Thomas to sign on the 4th of July? It's only right.

Unofficial agreement, he should just sign the Declaration of Independence


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