Found July 03, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
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 be a solid fit for a number of teams – including the hated Flyers — but he would be perfect for the Islanders.... Few people believe in the Islanders. They got hot in the second half of the season and they made the playoffs. Can they sustain their run next year and go further than the first round? The answer is a resounding NO if they don’t have a goaltender. In addition to tossing DiPietro aside, starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov is a free agent. Let him go. The Islanders need a real goalie. They need to sign Thomas and help him lead an Islanders’ resurgence. more

Tim Thomas Playing With Flyers Would Be Awesome and Breaking Down Goalie’s Other Potential Suitors

So it’s starting to sound like Tim Thomas is going to be returning to the NHL after a year away from the game to refocus on what he called the “three F’s” of family, friends and faith. Thomas is reportedly ready to get the big H back in his life as well, and it was reported Monday that he’s interested in resuming his hockey career for the 2013-14 NHL season. That immediately...

Which team should Tim Thomas join?

So it's starting to sound like Tim Thomas is going to be returning to the NHL after a year away from the game to refocus on what he called the "three F's" of family, friends and faith. Thomas is reportedly ready to get the big H of hockey back in his life as well, and it was reported Monday that he's interested in resuming his hockey career for the 2013-14...

Thomas open to returning from layoff

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...

Tim Thomas: The Free Agent

Perhaps the most interesting free agent this summer is Tim Thomas.  Thomas was the 2011 Vezina and Conn Smythe Trophy winner.  He had the best season a goalie has recorded in recent memory and arguably ever.  His 2011/12 season was good enough for him to wind up in the All Star Game, but it seemed like a disappointment given the heights he rose to in the previous year.  There...

New York Islanders Keep Him or Dump Him: Brad Boyes

[caption id="attachment_69" align="alignleft" width="263"] image provided by[/caption] Games:48 Goals: 10 Assists: 25 Points: 35 PIM: 16 On the first day of free agency last July, General Manager Garth Snow signed Brad Boyes to a one year, one million dollar deal. The Isles were looking for someone to replace P.A. Parenteau on...

Tim Thomas Exploring Possible Return to NHL Next Season

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...

New York Islanders Free Agent Primer Part 2

Yesterday, I previewed some of the forwards General Manager Garth Snow could be targeting when the free agent period opens up tomorrow. Today, I preview some of the defensemen and goalies the Isles could be looking to add to the roster. The Islanders are not going to be in the market for the few higher end defensemen that will be available tomorrow. With four defensemen under contract...

Tim Thomas wants back in the NHL

Who will Tim Thomas play for in '13-'14? (photo via Boston Globe)We all knew the day was coming.Sooner or later, and now it seems its much sooner, former Boston Bruin goalie and 2011 Goalie Triple Crown Winner Tim Thomas is ready to make his comeback.According to Thomas' agent Bill Zito, the 39-year old goalie wants to "explore his playing options" in the upcoming...

Dee Karl: A Goalie Named Thomas

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...

Mike Augello: Time Ticking On Komisarek; Leafs Looking To Add Veteran D?

The list of compliance buyout victims increased by one in the last 24 hours, as the New York Islanders expectedly exercised one of their financial “get out of jail free” cards on oft-injured goaltender Rick Dipietro. The 32 year old Dipietro was the first pick in the 2000 NHL Draft and had eight years remaining on a 15 year, $67.5 Million contract with the Isles, but...

New York Islanders Free Agent Primer Part One

The next few days should be busy with rumors aplenty, as the NHL's free agency period opens this Friday, July 5th. For once, Isles' General Manager Garth Snow could be a busy man, as the Isles seem finally willing to spend some money to improve off of last years playoff appearance and the move to Brooklyn on the horizon in one-two years. If you do not believe the Isles...

Dee Karl: Charles Wang Talks about RDP - to the NYT

In a surprising find this morning on Facebook, here is an article in the NY Times written by veteran hockey writer Jeff Z. Klein on Rick DiPietro's contract buyout. What is surprising is not just that the NY Times has an article about the Islanders in the off-season, but that it also includes ACTUAL quotes from Islanders owner Charles Wang. How did he manage that? Did he...
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