Sources: Tim Thomas 'intrigued' by the Flyers

Sources: Tim Thomas 'intrigued' by the Flyers

July 2, 2013, 1:00 pm
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In 378 career NHL games, Tim Thomas is 196-121-45 with a .921 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average. (USA Today Images)

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.
 
On Monday, Zito confirmed his client, who did not play during the 2012-13 lockout shortened season after his rights were traded to the Islanders, wants to return to the NHL after a year off.
 
Though suspended by the Isles, the club elected not to toll his contract, allowing Thomas to become an unrestricted free agent this Friday (July 5).
 
On Wednesday, teams are permitted to interview prospective free agents for two days.
 
Will Thomas visit the Flyers? Or will Zito call them, instead?
 
“I don’t know what’s going to happen with Tim,” Zito told CSNPhilly.com. “I’ll find out tomorrow who has interest in Timmy and take it from there.
 
“All he told me was to check and see what – if any – his options may be.  We are allowed to shop free agents tomorrow, so I’ll have a better idea of who has interest at that time.”
 
Thomas won the Stanley Cup for the Bruins in 2011 yet hasn’t played since the 2012 playoffs.
 
His strong right wing Republican viewpoints and snub of President Obama embarrassed the Bruins’ organization in 2011.
 
Given what the Flyers went through with Ilya Bryzgalov’s wide range of comments, most of which concerned the vast expanse of the universe and our role in it, you’d have to wonder whether the Flyers would take a chance on Thomas.
 
Then again, fans in Philadelphia don’t seem to care about what their athletes say provided they “put up” on the field of play. Or in this case, on the ice.
 
Which is to say, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner’s politics or beliefs would likely fall on deaf ears if  Thomas is playing well in goal.