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Thomas ‘upset’ about Dallas deal, but could he challenge Lehtonen?


Dale Tallon acknowledged Tim Thomas wasn’t happy with the deal that sent him to Dallas — “I don’t blame him for being upset,” Tallon told the Florida Sun-Sentinel — but according to his new head coach, Thomas might be getting a golden opportunity.

“I want to give Tim the opportunity to play,” Stars bench boss Lindy Ruff said, per the Dallas Morning News. “If he plays well, I’ll give him the chance to play.”

Dallas GM Jim Nill said he made this deal because the Stars are “serious about making the playoffs and making a statement in the playoffs.” Ruff knows the importance of postseason goaltending, as his deepest runs in Buffalo came on the strength of outstanding performances by Dominik Hasek (’99 Stanley Cup Final) and Ryan Miller (’06 and ’07 Conference Finals). While Lehtonen is the No. 1 in Dallas, his postseason resume — two games — pales to that of Thomas’.

What’s more, Thomas has the chance for starts with Dallas’ busy schedule down the stretch:


That’s 20 games in 38 days for a team clinging to the final Wild Card spot in the Western Conference. The Stars have a pair of back-to-backs and will play seven of their final 10 games on the road — at that point, the decision as to who starts in goal will undoubtedly come down to who gives Dallas the best chance of winning.

According to Nill, winning is exactly why he brought Thomas aboard.

“We had the opportunity to pick up a goalie who has won a Stanley Cup and has strong playoff experience,” he explained. “This solidifies maybe the most important position on the team.”

PHT’s 2014 Trade Deadline Tracker

Thomas Vanek

Headline pretty much says it all. Here’s a rundown of all the trades leading up to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. ET deadline…

Wednesday, Mar. 5

To Columbus: Matt Taormina, Dana Tyrell
To Tampa bay: Jonathan Marchessault, Dalton Smith (link)

To Colorado: Reto Berra
To Calgary: ’14 2nd-rounder (link)

To Washington: Jaroslav Halak, ’15 3rd rounder
To Buffalo: Michal Neuvirth, Rostislav Klesla (link)

To Minnesota: Matt Moulson, Cody McCormick
To Buffalo: Torrey Mitchell, two 2nd-rounders (2014 and 2016)  (link)

To Detroit: David Legwand
To Nashville: Patrick Eaves, 3rd-rounder, Calle Jarnkrok (link)

To Montreal: Thomas Vanek, 5th-rounder
To Islanders: 2nd-rounder, Sebastien Collberg (link)

To Boston: Andrej Meszaros
To Philadelphia: ’14 3rd-rounder (link)

To Dallas: Tim Thomas
To Florida: Dan Ellis (link)

To Columbus: Nick Schultz
To Edmonton: ’14 5th-rounder (link)

To L.A.: Marian Gaborik
To Columbus: Matt Frattin, ’14 2nd-rounder, ’15 third-rounder (link)

To L.A.: Braden McNabb, ’14 2nd-rounder, ’15 2nd-rounder
To Buffalo: Hudson Fasching, Nicolas Deslauriers (link)

To Ottawa: Ales Hemsky
To Edmonton: ’14 3rd-rounder, ’15 5th-rounder (link)

To New York Rangers: Martin St. Louis
To Tampa Bay Lightning: Ryan Callahan, ’15 1st-rounder, ’14 2nd-rounder (link)

Tuesday, Mar. 4

To Phoenix: Martin Erat, John Mitchell
To Washington: Rostislav Klesla, Chris Brown, ’15 4th-rounder (link)

To Chicago: David Rundlbad, Mathieu Brisebois
To Phoenix: ’14 2nd-rounder (link)

To Florida: Roberto Luongo, Steve Anthony
To Vancouver: Jacob Markstrom, Shawn Matthias (link)

To Philadelphia: Andrew MacDonald
To New York Islanders: ’14 3rd-rounder, ’15 2nd-rounder, Matt Magene (link)

To Ottawa: Patrick Mullen
To Vancouver: Jeff Costello

To Anaheim: Stephane Robidas
To Dallas: ’14 4th-rounder (link)

To Edmonton: Viktor Fasth
To Anaheim: ’14 5th-rounder, ’15 3rd-rounder (link)

To Minnesota: Ilya Bryzgalov
To Edmonton: ’14 4th-round pick (link)

To Washington: Dustin Penner
To Anaheim: ’14 4th-rounder (link)

To Montreal: Mike Weaver
To Florida: ’15 5th-rounder (link)

Sunday, Mar. 2

To Florida: Brandon Pirri
To Chicago: ’14 3rd-rounder, ’16 5th-rounder (link)

To Florida: Mark Mancari
To St. Louis: Eric Selleck (link)

Friday, Feb. 28

To St. Louis: Ryan Miller, Steve Ott
To Buffalo: Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, ’15 first-rounder (link)

Panthers trade Tim Thomas to Dallas

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)

Turns out a Tim Thomas-Roberto Luongo goalie tandem was too good to be true. The Florida Panthers have traded Thomas to Dallas, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Thomas has had an up-and-down season since returning to the NHL. The 39-year-old leaves the Panthers with a 16-20-3 record and .909 save percentage.

In Dallas, Thomas will battle Kari Lehtonen for the starting role. Lehtonen has had ups and downs of his own this season. (In November, we wrote a post calling him the most underrated goalie in the NHL. At the time, his save percentage was .932, which has since fallen to .916, possibly because we totally jinxed him.)

That being said, Lehtonen’s job is likely still his to lose. The Stars are in a desperate fight to make the playoffs, and the difference between a capable and no-so-capable backup could be the difference between making and missing. The reported return for Thomas is Dan Ellis, who’s signed through next season for a cap hit of $900,000.

Thomas, 39, is a pending unrestricted free agent.