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Tim Thomas is pushing 40, which is pretty old for just about any human, let alone a professional athlete. However, just like about everything else that tried to get in his way over the years, age isn’t stopping him from getting back between the pipes. Thomas joined the Panthers on Tuesday for a tryout and could be the starting goalie on Saturday when the team takes on Tampa Bay. It’s been a while since The Tank stopped NHL pucks as the former Bruins and Islanders goalie took the 2013 season off because he “needed a break.” — a move he still doesn’t regret to this day. “Now I’m energized and I’m looking forward to it,” he told TSN. I feel great. “In the big picture do I regret it? No,” he added. “I made the right decision for me and I made the right decision for my family. After taking the year off to focus on “friends, family and faith,” he agreed to try out with the Panthers, who, as of this week, is relying on Jacob Markstrom to be the team’s starting netminder when the seaso

Panthers to give goalie Tim Thomas tryout Tuesday

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Tim Thomas's sabbatical may be coming to an end. The Florida Panthers signed the goaltender to a personal tryout Monday. He is expected to work out with the team Tuesday in Coral Springs. The 39-year-old opted to sit out 2012-13 season, citing a desire to spend more time with his family. "At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies...

Tim Thomas Suits Up After Year Off, Hits the Ice in Panthers Gear (Photos)

Tim Thomas, who wore the Black and Gold of the Boston Bruins for the majority of 2002-2012, made his first appearance back on the ice since taking a year off last season. The former B’s (and Islanders) goalie suited up for Florida on Tuesday after the longtime B’s backstop agreed to tryout for the Panthers this preseason. Reports indicate that he may even see live action against...

Tim Thomas Has No Regrets, But Says It Was Hard to Leave Bruins After They ‘Accepted Me as Part of the Family’

Tim Thomas‘ hockey hiatus came to an official close when he took the ice on Tuesday for training camp with the Florida Panthers. For the first time in his NHL career, Thomas will be suiting up in a sweater that does not have a spoked-B on the chest. While the two-time Vezina Trophy winner’s time in Boston ended in 2012 when his rights were traded to the Islanders, Boston unknowingly...

Tuukka Rask rooting for Tim Thomas' comeback effort

If all goes according to plan for Tim Thomas, the former Bruins goalie will be suiting up between the pipes for the Panthers when the puck drops in the regular-season opener. The 39-year-old netminder was signed to a professional tryout agreement on Monday after taking a year-long sabbatical from the game, but at least a couple of his former teammates don’t believe the time away...

Cal Clutterbuck suffers cut from skate, out 'extended' amount of time

Over the summer the Islanders didn't do a ton in terms of bringing in new faces but they did add rough-and-tumble Cal Clutterbuck and his spectacular mustache. Unfortunately his debut could be delayed with the season just two weeks away. That's because of an injury he suffered Tuesday night in the Isles' exhibition game in Calgary. It was suspected that Clutterbuck...

Tim Thomas, Tom Gilbert Invited To Panthers Camp by   Steven Ellis

The Florida Panthers have invited Tim Thomas to their 2013-2014 training camp. Thomas told the Bruins last summer that he did not intend to play this season in a bid to make the USA national Olympic team in 2014. Very strange approach, but even getting traded to the Islanders, which meant he would have probably got some ice time, was [...]

John Tavares Hockey Pool Picks 2013 2014

John Tavares of the New York Islanders is the #5 forward points-only hockey pool pick. He is a Canadian born center who is 22 years old. He may be one of the youngest of the super star snipers but he does not show inexperience on the ice. He leads his team in points every season and is likely to lead your fantasy team if you are fortunate enough to draft him. A downside to drafting is

Dan Petriw: Isles put the "pre" in preseason

Early in the third period of the Islanders 5-3 loss to the Flames in Calgary; winger Cal Clutterbuck left the game injuring himself on a check. This is more important than anything I will write about yesterday’s games. Thankfully the injury does not appear serious and when the Isles release info on him I will surely update you all. Now to last night games, In Regina the...

Dan Petriw: Isles set for two in Western Canada against the Flames

The Islanders kick off their preseason tonight with two split squad games in western Canada against the Flames. The games take place in Regina and Calgary with the Calgary game available to watch on either the Islanders or Flames websites. Here are the lineups for both squads. Regina: Forwards: Moulson-Tavares-Bouchard Lee-Nelson-Strome Martin-Cizikas-McDonald Gallant...

HockeyBuzz Podcasts: Hockeybuzz Live At 10pm: Timmy, Torts and Atlantic Division Preview

Listen to Ryan Garner, Brian Metzer and Mike Augello discussing the training camp invite of former Conn Smythe Trophy winner by Tim Thomas, new owners for the Florida Panthers, the first batter between John Tortorella and the Vancouver media and a review of the Atlantic Division tonight at 10pm:...
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