Tim Thomas’ self-appointed NHL exile is about to come to an end.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the 39-year-old goalie will sign a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers once the team’s new owners take control. He says the contract will pay between $3-$4 million for the season and helps make their goaltending situation all the more interesting.
Before Thomas arrived on a tryout basis, GM Dale Tallon said it would be Jacob Markstrom’s team to lead. Now with a two-time Vezina Trophy winner and Stanley Cup champion in the fold you have to wonder how that will change.
As for when the new ownership will take over, the team has called a press conference for tomorrow morning to announce Vincent Viola’s group as the new buyers.
If Viola’s group takes over today, there’s a chance Thomas could be signed right away and play in the Panthers’ preseason game tonight against Tampa Bay. At the latest, a deal should be done tomorrow.