Thomas takes part in fastest skater competition

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Thomas takes part in fastest skater competition

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com
RALEIGH, N.C. In another fun wrinkle that was announced before the Superskills competition got started, Bs goalie Tim Thomas tookpart in the fastest skater competition against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.It was rumored more than a month ago that NHL All-Star Mad Scientist Brendan Shanahan was thinking of pitting goaltenders vs. goaltenders in some of the skills competitions, and clearly there was more than a nugget of truth to that.Thomas has been known to wipe out jumping off the bench onto the ice for pregame warm-ups as hes done several times already this season so a fastest skater competition featuring Tank should be pretty interesting.Thomas, when approached by CSNNE.com about skating in the skills competition, was gung ho about getting involved with the skills competition in an event that normally doesnt feature much excitement from a goaltenders point of view.Thomas actually fell down behind the net during his twirl around the ice in the competition, and had a smile on his face the entire time as he was narrowly beaten by Cam Wardwith both goalies racing aroundin full pads around the ice. Thomas finished his face at 18.895 seconds despite the quick flop behind the net while attempting to take the firstturn.

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.