Unfortunately, Lecavalier does not change the goaltending situation at all. The Flyers still need a backup option for Steve Mason or someone to split time with the 25 year old. Tim Thomas' agent, Bill Zito, announced the other day that his client is looking to return to the NHL and it did not take long for him to be linked to the Flyers.
Tim Thomas is intrigued by the possibility of playing for the Flyers per CSN Philly. The 39 year old netminder sat out last year and his rights were traded to the New York Islanders. The Islanders chose not to toll his contract which makes Thomas a free agent.
Zito would not speculate as to where Thomas would land but he said he would take it one day at a time.
Thomas did not play last year but put up solid numbers in 2012 going 35-19-1 with a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage. Thomas was a four-time All Star with the Bruins and won the 2009 and 2011 Vezina Award as the league's top goaltender. He is 196-121-45 with a 2.48 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 378 career NHL games.
As long as Thomas is not brought in as the savior or long-term solution for the Flyers, I have no issue with the team pursuing him - as long as the price is right. He could be the perfect guy to push Steve Mason because, if Mason does not do well in the starting role, Thomas could (if he is in playing shape) step in and takeover as the starter. It would not be a bad setup if the Flyers could swing it.
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