The Dallas Stars have acquired goaltender Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers, according to Bob McKenzie.
The Dallas Stars have officially announced the acquisition of goaltender Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis.
Thomas, 39, has posted a record of 16-20-3 with a .909 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average in 40 games for Florida this season; this comes on the heels of a one-year self-imposed hiatus from the game that kept him off the ice since the end of the 2012 NHL playoffs.
In nine seasons with the Boston Bruins, however, Thomas posted a .920 save percentage and won a Stanley Cup, the Conn Smythe, and two Vezina trophies. As such, the move was made as insurance at an incredibly important position as the postseason; as the trade deadline expires, the Stars hold down the second wild-card spot in the uber-competitive Western Conference
"Tim is a proven goaltender in this League that has won the big games when they matter the most," said general manager Jim Nill. "We have 20 games left in just 39 days, including four sets of back-to-back situations, and adding a player of Tim's caliber helps our depth at the goaltender position."
The Stars now boast a reliable if not potentially formidable duo in net, as starting goalie Kari Lehtonen has a .916 save percentage with three shutouts in 51 games for Dallas this season.
Thomas now joins forwards Tyler Seguin and Rich Peverley in Dallas, both of whom won the Cup alongside Thomas as members of the Bruins in 2011.
The Florida Panthers may not have rival goaltenders Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo sharing the crease after all as Nick Kypreos reports the Panthers are talking to teams about Thomas.
Thomas signed a one-year deal in Florida after taking a year off and has appeared in 40 games this season with a 16-20 record.