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Get your tire pumps ready, Tim Thomas is on the comeback trail.
The former Bruins goalie intends to explore his options this offseason, with sights on a possible return to the NHL this fall.
The news, first reported by Kevin Woodley Goal Magazine and reiterated by TSN’s Bob McKenzie and ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, was confirmed by Thomas’ agent in a tweet Monday afternoon.
Now 39, Thomas has not seen game action in over a year. He started 55 regular-season games for the Bruins in 2011-12 and all seven games in a first-round series loss to Washington but chose to sit out the entirety of the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign for personal reasons.
The Bruins traded Thomas to the Islanders for a second-round pick in February, but he never suited up for the team and will become an unrestricted free agent this Friday.
Whether or not Thomas can return to his Vezina-winning form of 2011 is very much in question, especially after such an extended layoff, but he will certainly draw interest from ...
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Goalie Tim Thomas is open to resuming his career after taking a season off, his agent says.
Bill Zito confirmed Monday night that Thomas asked him to explore what teams might be interested in the two-time Vezina Trophy winner once the NHL's free agency period opens Friday. Zito stressed Thomas is simply assessing his options before determining whether he'll return to play...
The New York Islanders will buy out veteran goaltender Rick DiPietro's contract, notorious as one of the worst in sports. They'll still be on the hook for a long time, however.
Just one day after the NHL Entry Draft and Mr. Tim Thomas has emerged from his bunker and told his agent he is ready to re-enter the NHL.
We do not know condition Mr. Thomas is in, having spent a year in seclusion. However, we do know that the NY Islanders will NOT be tolling his contract therefore he is a free agent on July 5th.
From the looks of the chatter boxes out there...
from Steve Silverman of CBS New York,
The Islanders knew that Thomas wasn’t going to play in 2013, and if they though he would play in 2013-14, they could have tolled his contract.
They didn’t do that. If they had, Thomas probably would have had no inclination to play again. But he told his agent that he is interested in “pursuing” his career once again. He would...
A New York Islanders team official confirmed that the team will buy out the remaining eight years of oft-injured goalie Rick DiPietro's contract.
The 31-year-old DiPietro, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NHL Draft, will be placed on waivers Tuesday before the compliance buyout can be used, the Islanders official told The Associated Press on Monday night on condition of anonymity...
Rick DiPietro is now a former New York Islanders goalie after he cleared waivers and had his long contract bought out by the team.
The Islanders used a compliance buyout Wednesday to remove the final eight years of the goalie's deal from the club's salary cap.
New York will pay the 31-year-old DiPietro $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years -- double the years left...
#Isles will place Rick DiPietro on waivers tomorrow for purpose of compliance buyout, Newsday has learned.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) July 2, 2013
News broke tonight that the Islanders would be placing Rick DiPietro on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. The Islanders will have to pay him $1.5 million over the next 16 (!) years. The 31-year-old goaltender...
from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
The Islanders soon may rid themselves of a much longer- standing issue, too. After failing to deal away Rick DiPietro's contract on draft day, Snow may have a decision on whether to buy him out in the next day or two.
If the Isles decide to buy out the remaining eight years of DiPietro's deal, Newsday has learned it would be a compliance...
Goodbye Rick DiPietro.
According to Newsday, The NY Islanders' former #1 overall draft choice and franchise goaltender will be placed on waivers for the purpose of buying out the remainder of his contract.
DiPietro, 31, will receive a compliance buyout, meaning that the $1.5 million the Islanders owe him over the next 16 years will not count against the team's salary...
The Rick DiPietro nightmare is finally over for the New York Islanders. Well, that's not entirely true, but the organization is finally starting a new chapter by using one of their compliance buyouts on their pricey goaltender. The move will finally remove DiPietro's bloated - and hilarious - 15-year, $67.5 million contract from their payroll.
According to Arthur Staple...
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Earlier this evening, Arthur Staple of Newsday broke the news that the Islanders will be placing often injured goalie Rick DiPietro on waivers tomorrow. The Islanders intend to use one of their two compliance buyouts on DiPietro if he goes unclaimed. ...
The New York Islanders have traded forward Nino Niederreiter to the Minnesota Wild in return for Cal Clutterbuck. Niederreiter’s relationship appeared to be shaky with the Islanders during the past season. He wasn’t invited to the team’s training camp and he wasn’t part of the Bridgeport contingent that was recalled when the big club made the playoffs to practice as the [...]
#Isles have acquired Cal Clutterbuck from the Wild for Nino Niederreiter.
— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) June 30, 2013
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Earlier today during the first round of the draft, the New York Islanders gave Nino Niederreiter his wish. Niederreiter requested a trade back in January, and today the Isles sent him to the Minnesota Wild for winger Cal Clutterbuck, and a third round...