Panthers make Tim Thomas' signing official

Panthers make Tim Thomas' signing official
September 26, 2013, 7:00 pm
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The Bruins know that if anyone can come back from a year away from the sport of hockey, it's Tim Thomas.

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The Florida Panthers made it official: Tim Thomas will be their goaltender this season. The 39-year-old former Conn Smythe-winner and two-time Vezina Trophy winner with the Bruins had the one-year deal announced on Thursday, and reports pegged it in the $3 million-$4 million range. That means Thomas would make back all of the money he lost while sitting out the 2012-13 NHL season while he was under contract with the Bruins.

The Panthers have clearly made a commitment to Thomas being their No. 1 goaltender for this season, which means they will become a trendy playoff pick and also that young Jakob Markstrom will have to wait his turn between the pipes.

“Tim is a proven winner who we are pleased to have signed,” said Panthers general manager Dale Tallon to reporters in announcing the signing. “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.”

Two dates to keep in mind for Bruins fans are Oct. 17 at Florida and Nov. 7 at TD Garden when the B's will square off against the Panthers, and likely go up against Thomas. Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask joked that those games are sure to be a “media debacle.” The two games against the B's should provide the best goaltending that Thomas still has to offer.