March 5, 2014

Panthers trade former Bruin Thomas to Stars

By Jesse Connolly

Tim Thomas made his final start for the Panthers on Tuesday in Boston. (Photo by Sharon Bradley/New England Hockey Journal)

Tim Thomas is teammates with Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley again.

Florida sent the ex-Bruin to Dallas Wednesday, with backup goalie Dan Ellis heading the other way. Ellis was 5-6-0 with a 3.04 goals-against average. 

Thomas, 39, became expendable after the Panthers acquired Roberto Luongo Tuesday in a surprise deal with the Vancouver Canucks. The opposing goalies from the 2011 Stanley Cup Final never got to spend a day together as teammates.

"Yeah, I'm an easy guy. I make jokes and stuff like that, but that's a long time ago," Luongo said when asked if they could've co-existed. "That wouldn't have been a problem. I'm a pro and I know Timmy's a pro."

As it turns out, Thomas' last start as a Panther came, ironically, against the Bruins. He allowed three goals on 38 shots in a 4-1 loss Tuesday night at TD Garden. 

Thomas went 16-20-3 in his first season as a Panther with a 2.87 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. After taking the entirety of the 2012-13 season off, thus ending his tenure as a Bruin, Thomas signed a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Panthers this past offseason.

The two-time Vezina Trophy winner and 2011 Conn Smythe recipient, who's won 212 games since making his NHL debut with Boston back in 2002, will now slot in behind Kari Lehtonen as the Stars' backup.

Dallas began the day with 68 points, putting them in the second and final wild card position in the Western Conference. The Coyotes and Jets are one point back.

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