Yesterday, the Florida Panthers had the irony of a possible Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo tandem in net, but unfortunately for twitter users and hockey faithful, the Thomas and Luongo jokes will be put on pause as the Panthers announced Wednesday afternoon that they have traded Thomas to the Dallas Stars for G Dan Ellis.
Thomas, 39, has competed in 40 games with the Panthers since signing as a free agent last summer, posting a record of 16-20-3, while recording a .909 save percentage.
Though Thomas had a no-trade clause (NTC) to his contract, the signing of Luongo all but solidified Thomas’ future with the Panthers organization. When asked about waving his NTC, he told George Richards of the Miami Herald, “That’s something that hadn’t been discussed until this point. That needs some discussion before comment.”
With years of experience, a Stanley Cup and a Conn Smythe to his resume, Thomas has the credentials any playoff contender would be lucky to have.
Ellis, 33, has a cap hit of $900,000 and is signed until the 2014-2015 season. He has competed in 14 games with the Stars this season, sporting a .900 save percentage.
Panther Parkway wishes Tim Thomas the best of luck in Dallas!
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