Tim Thomas wanted back in the NHL. The Florida Panthers wanted goaltending help.
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.