User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Panthers bring G Tim Thomas in for tryout

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - Tim Thomas wanted back in the NHL. The Florida Panthers wanted goaltending help.

Advertisement
It might be a perfect match.

The two-time Vezina Trophy winner agreed to a tryout deal with the Panthers on Monday, nearly a year and a half removed from his last game in the NHL. Thomas will be on the ice with Florida for practice Tuesday, and Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said his talks with the star of Boston's run to the 2011 Stanley Cup convinced him that the move was right.

``He really wants to play and he really wants to lead and he really wants to be the starter and he wants to win and he wants to win now,'' Tallon said Monday while the Panthers faced Nashville in a preseason doubleheader. ``I was very impressed with him. His attitude is terrific. I liked everything that he had to say and I liked his approach. We try to strive to get better every day and I think a good Tim Thomas makes us a better team.''

Thomas is expected to address reporters Tuesday, team officials said.

Florida's projected starter in goal is Jacob Markstrom, the 23-year-old Swede who went 8-14-1 with a 3.22 goals-against average last season. Markstrom's GAA was tops on the Panthers - but just 44th in the NHL among regular goalies.

So with Markstrom's relative level of inexperience - he's made only 29 NHL starts - plus the departure of free agent Jose Theodore and veteran Scott Clemmensen needing at least a couple more weeks to recover from knee surgery, the Panthers made it known they wanted some help.

``He's a two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Conn Smythe Trophy winner and we need goaltending,'' Tallon said. ``We need somebody to help us get to where we need to go. Right now, it's Tim Thomas. ... The more competition you have for spots internally, the better off your team will be. It's a wide-open competition. Let the best man win.''

In parts of eight NHL seasons, Thomas has a 2.48 goals-against average, stopping just over 92 percent of the shots he has faced.

Thomas wrote on his Facebook page in 2012 that he was taking a season off from hockey to focus on ``friends, family and faith.'' He also made news by not joining the Bruins when they visited the White House in celebration of their Stanley Cup victory, saying he chose to skip the event because the ``federal government has grown out of control.''

Tallon said he was not worried about Thomas' layoff or any other on-ice issue.

``He's in good shape and he's eager to go,'' Tallon said. ``He worked extremely hard all year. Mentally and physically, he's very strong and he's ready to compete for a starting position here.''

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
Williams: In the Crease - Week 15
News: Grand Salami - January
Pens outlast Caps 8-7 in crazy game
Khaira helps Oilers past Coyotes, 3-1
Red Wings shut out Canadiens, 1-0
Islanders blank Bruins as road 'dogs
Eichel, Sabres cruise past Stars, 4-1
Flyers lack answers for recent struggles
Lightning lose Callahan for 4 weeks
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NHL Pro Hockey Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NHL Hot Streaks
7-1 +660 L8, 21-8 +1,513 L29 Run
11-4 L15 Totals, +1,939 TY
5 Wins in a Row, 14-3 Streak
4-0 +475 G-Plays, 7-2 L9 Totals
8-2, +637 L10 Guaranteed Plays
8-3, +686 L11 Picks, 4-0 Totals
NHL Pro Hockey Expert Sports Picks - Dallas Stars at New York Rangers
2016 NHL SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1939
Bruce Marshall + 1691
Bill Marzano + 1072
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 1246
Gary Bart + 641
Joe Williams + 541
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 752
Stephen Nover + 447
ASA + 174
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1461
Scott Rickenbach + 1149
Stephen Nover + 1105
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Kevin Rogers + 906
Stephen Nover + 246
Don Anthony + 150
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 813
Gary Bart + 810
Stephen Nover + 205
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership