Sources: Tim Thomas' agent contacts Flyers
July 3, 2013, 2:45 pm
As expected, Tim Thomas would like to play goal for the Flyers.
Sources confirmed on Wednesday that his agent, Bill Zito, contacted the Flyers. Thomas is said to be “intrigued” about the Flyers, who just added Vinny Lecavalier to their payroll on Tuesday.
Thomas, the ex-Boston Bruin, did not play during the 2012-13 lockout shortened season after his rights were traded to the Islanders, but he would like to return to the NHL after a year off.
Though suspended by the Isles, they elected not to toll his contract, allowing Thomas to become an unrestricted free agent this Friday (July 5).
Right now, the Flyers aren’t that keen on Thomas only because they don’t have the salary-cap space to sign him.
Thomas is likely looking for at least $3 million while the Flyers are seeking to spend about half that much.
One goalie who fits that bill is New Jersey’s Johan Hedberg ($1.4 million). The Devils now have three goalies: Marty Brodeur, Cory Schneider and Hedberg. Someone has to go.
Thomas, on the other hand, has the right credentials -- a Stanley Cup and two Vezina trophies.