The NHL trade deadline is still over a month away, but the unofficial deadline of February 7th is coming up quick ad that may cause some teams to make some trades before the Sochi Olympics cause the trade wire to be frozen for the duration of the games.
One of the teams that may be active are the Florida Panthers, but one guy that won’t be discussed in any trade will be netminder Tim Thomas. Panthers GM Dale Tallon spoke with ESPN’s Craig Custance and stated the team has no intentions of trading Thomas before the deadline.
“No. But if he came to me and wanted to move, that’s a different story. I have no intention of moving him.”
Thomas won a Stanley Cup while in net for the 2011 Boston Bruins but that seems like eons ago. Since then, Thomas was traded to the New York Islanders and contemplating retiring from the NHL. He ended up with the Florida Panthers where he’s seen plenty of solid action this year, despite a 14-14 record that would imply otherwise.
The Panthers are just eight points out of a playoff spot, and while Thomas is drawing interest from teams who want a solid backup, the Panthers are apparently happy with having him on roster.