DALLAS -- New Dallas Stars goaltender Tim Thomas definitely realizes just how great it is to go from a team in the Florida Panthers that was treading water in the Eastern Conference to one like the Stars, who have a legitimate shot at making the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.
"Yeah, I'm very excited to be here and to have the opportunity to play with another group of guys and to make the push for the playoffs here. It's an exciting opportunity," Thomas said after morning skate on Thursday.
Thomas, 39, a former teammate of current Stars Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin in Boston who won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2011 as the NHL playoff MVP when the Bruins brought home the Cup, was acquired on Wednesday afternoon from Florida in a straight-up swap for Dan Ellis.
The ex-Bruin and Panther has been between the pipes long enough to know that no matter if he's the starter or the backup, his goal every time he enters the crease remains quite simple.
"I'm pretty sure that my role is going ...