Thomas joins Panthers on tryout basis

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Updated: September 17, 2013

Sunrise, FL (Sports Network) – Two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Tim
Thomas officially joined the Florida Panthers on a tryout basis Tuesday and
was on the ice for his first practice with his new team.

Thomas sat out the shortened 2013 season after playing parts of eight years
with the Bruins. He won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender in
2009 and 2011, adding the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in Boston’s
Stanley Cup championship run during the spring of 2011.

The 39-year-old veteran decided to sit out last year to spend more time with
his family.

“Now I’m energized and I’m looking forward to (playing),” Thomas said after
Tuesday’s practice. “I feel great.”

Thomas was 35-19-1 with a 2.36 goals-against average in 59 games during the
2011-12 campaign with Boston. He was actually traded by the Bruins last
February to the New York Islanders in exchange for a draft pick. Reports
indicated that the Islanders needed Thomas’ salary cap hit to reach the
mandated floor of $53 million.

In 378 appearances since 2002, Thomas has compiled a 196-121-45 mark, 2.48 GAA
and 31 shutouts in the regular season, also posting a record of 29-21 with a
2.07 GAA and six shutouts in 50 postseason outings.

The Panthers were in need of a goaltender with a veteran presence while Scott
Clemmensen recovers from minor knee surgery. Jacob Markstrom was the only
healthy netminder in camp with NHL experience.