Tag: Tim Thomas


Thomas jokes that watching State of the Union would have been more fun than Boston blowout


Tim Thomas was keeping a pretty low profile with the Florida Panthers, but leave it to the Boston Bruins to coax a memorable line from him.

Update: CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty provides Thomas’ full quote, which shows that he was indeed being tongue-in-cheek with his comparison between the 6-2 loss and President Obama’s State of the Union address.

“I think I might’ve enjoyed myself watching the State of the Union more,” Thomas said. “No, probably not.”

This is the second time the 39-year-old lost to his former teammates, but it might have burned a little more tonight since the game took place in Boston.

It would be difficult to lay the majority of the blame for either defeat at Thomas’ feet, even if he’ll draw the majority of the headlines.

The Bruins fired 40 shots on him on Oct. 17 and 41 tonight, scoring nine goals combined in those two contests (including six on Tuesday). One could look at those efforts as a team motivated to beat their former teammate or evidence of the talent gap between Boston and Florida (or maybe both).

Of course, the next question is: how long will it take for Roberto Luongo to write something hilarious about this?

Panthers take Kopecky off IR, place Barkov on it


The Florida Panthers activated Tomas Kopecky from the injured reserve and placed rookie Aleksander Barkov (pictured) on it retroactively as they ready themselves for Tuesday’s match against the Boston Bruins.

The Miami Herald’s George Richards reports that Barkov, 18, is eligible to return from his knee injury as soon as Thursday, but is more likely to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday. Knee issues can be tricky, though, so we’ll see.

Those aren’t the only personnel moves worth noting, as Richards also reports that forward Shawn Matthias is a late omission because of the flu and defenseman Erik Gudbranson will be a healthy scratch for the second straight game.

The Bruins might be glad Matthias is out of the lineup, as he scored this shorthanded beauty against them last season:

Oh yeah, some might find it interesting that Tim Thomas is playing against the Bruins in Boston, too.

(You know, like 15 different NHL scouts, though they might be more interested in skaters than a goalie who supposedly isn’t on the trading block. Allegedly.)

Goalie nods: Devils turn to Schneider, Thomas starts in Boston

Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils skates to the net during the first period against the New York Rangers in a preseason game at the Prudential Center on September 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.
(September 15, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

News and notes from around the blue paint…

Jersey goes with Schneider

After Martin Brodeur’s poor performance in Sunday’s outdoor game loss to the Rangers, the Devils will give Cory Schneider the nod tonight in St. Louis.

Schneider has very good in January, boasting a .956 save percentage with four wins and a shutout — in fact, his only regulation loss this month came back on Jan. 4, a 2-1 defeat in Buffalo.

Schneider will be going up against Jaroslav Halak in the Blues’ goal.

Timmy returns

Tim Thomas will make his second trip back to Boston on Tuesday night, but his first start against the team he led to the 2011 Stanley Cup.

The 39-year-old veteran has been a steadying presence for Florida over the last two months. He posted a .936 save percentage in five December games and has been almost as good in January, sporting a .920 over 10 games (Thomas has been head coach Peter Horachek’s workhorse in goal this month).

Tonight Thomas will go against his former battery mate, Tuukka Rask, in the Bruins’ goal.


Lightning at Maple Leafs: Ben Bishop vs. Jonathan Bernier

Red Wings at Flyers: Jonas Gustavsson vs. Steve Mason

Senators at Blue Jackets: Craig Anderson vs. Curtis McElhinney

Hurricanes at Canadiens: Carey Price for Montreal, no starter yet for Carolina.

Capitals at Sabres: Braden Holtby vs. Jhonas Enroth

Predators at Jets: Carter Hutton vs. Ondrej Pavelec

Kings at Coyotes: Thomas Greiss for Phoenix, no starter yet for L.A.

Blackhawks at Flames: Antti Raanta vs. Reto Berra

Wild at Ducks: Darcy Kuemper (who you can read more about here) vs. Jonas Hiller

Florida has ‘no intention’ of trading Thomas at deadline


To hear GM Dale Tallon explain it, the Florida Panthers have zero plans of moving Tim Thomas.

“No,” Tallon said, when asked by ESPN’s Craig Custance. “No. But if he came to me and wanted to move, that’s a different story.

“I have no intention of moving him.”

Thomas, 39, has been a steadying presence for the Panthers this season, going 14-14-3 with a .912 save percentage and 2.65 GAA. But with Florida heading into tonight’s action eight points back of a playoff spot, Thomas — a pending UFA with a modest ($2.5 million) cap hit — could be the ideal pickup for a team looking to solidify its backup netminding for the playoffs.

Thomas said he’s “done some thinking” about the situation — he has a no-movement clause and essentially controls his own fate — but said he’s yet to discuss the situation with the team.

The next six games could really put the picture into focus. After what should be an emotional game for Thomas in Boston tonight, the Panthers play Toronto twice along with Columbus, Detroit and Carolina — the latter three all sitting within eight points in the standings.

Related: Video: Thomas reflective ahead of game against Boston

Video: Thomas reflective ahead of game against Boston

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 26: Tim Thomas #34 of the Florida Panthers gets ready to make the save during the third period of the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on January 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Panthers defeated the Wings 5-4 in a shootout (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas has already made his return to Boston and was treated to a standing ovation, but he was in the press box at the time due to an injury.

He consequently still hasn’t played in his first game in TD Garden since leaving the Bruins, but that might change Tuesday. Before the game, he spoke to the press and the questions were naturally focused on his time in Boston.

He was asked about his refusal to go to the White House in celebration of the Boston Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup championship, a subject which used to be grounds for shutting down a press conference. At this point he’s willing to address the matter, although his argument is that the whole thing was “blown out proportion.”

He added that the Bruins treated him well through it all, but he doesn’t regret his decision to walk out with a year remaining on his contract. Boston made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final without him and while that made him think about what if scenarios, part of the reason he felt comfortable leaving in the first place was because they already had a more than capable replacement in Tuukka Rask.

Thomas has a 2.65 GAA and .915 save percentage in 32 games this season. He feels “rejuvenated” and might even play in 2014-15.