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Tim Thomas and Florida Panthers talking contract extension

Tim Thomas was viewed as a stopgap in goal for the Florida Panthers when he signed on to play this season, but it appears that his days in the Sunshine State might not be over once the 2013-14 NHL season ends.

With “goalie of the future”Jacob Markstrom failing to cement his status as No. 1 goalie early on and struggling in the AHL after his demotion, it appears that Panthers general manager Dale Tallon would like to keep Thomas in the fold.

Florida is a team that is slowly rebuilding. They play their top draft picks as soon as possible and count on them for big plays on a nightly basis. This often leads to defensive breakdowns, and Thomas has been outstanding as the last line of defense on a talented but green team.

Through 37 games this season, the 39-year-old goalie has 15-18-3 record and sports a solid .910 save percentage. He’s not going to win the Vezina with those numbers, but he’s not handing out easy goals all too often either.


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