Thursday, July 4, 2013
By Victoria Matiash
UPDATE: So much for that idea. Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com reports the Philadelphia Flyers are "OUT" on Tim Thomas, but remain in the mix for Ray Emery and Evgeni Nabokov.
*** UPDATE: The chatter isn't nuts, as far as ESPN Insider Craig Custance is concerned. The Philadelphia Flyers are clearly determined to take a serious run at the Stanley Cup in 2013-14, and signing veteran goalie Tim Thomas to a one-year (read: low-risk) deal could help to that end. But first, the Flyers need to clear cap space -- especially following the acquisition of Vincent Lecavalier ($4.5 million/season). And Custance suggests (below) that might mean trading an experienced defenseman.
*** Recent rumblings support the notion that Tim Thomas might be a good fit in Philadelphia. Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.com reports there seems to be some interest, at least, on behalf of the veteran goaltender and the Philadelphia Flyers.
"... Sources close to former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas say he is 'intrigued' by the Flyers and their young nucleus, but isn't entirely certain whether he's a good fit here. His agent, Bill Zito, isn't entirely sure either, where Thomas is leaning. And the Flyers? A source there said they remain 'uncertain,' as well ..."
The Flyers can't talk to Thomas until the free agent shopping window opens Wednesday. At that point we'll get a greater sense of where the 39-year-old could land, now that he's keen on returning to the NHL. There's also word -- via Katie Strang -- that the Flyers are somewhat interested in veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov. Assuming the UFA-to-be doesn't work out a new deal with the New York Islanders.