So, the summer came. Tim Thomas never came to play on Long Island. The Islanders didn't toll Tim Thomas' contract. Thomas became a free agent, and the result was like the trade between the Islanders and the Bruins never happened.
The saga appears to have another "twist," albeit small, for now. Tim Thomas wants to return to the NHL, and, over the past week, "reports" continue to imply that the New York Islanders have interest in making Long Island the destination for Tim Thomas' return.
I've tried to refrain from commenting on this topic, but I don't think I can evade this any longer. The New York Islanders and Tim Thomas may be able to find some value in [finally] getting acquainted.
Now, listen. I am NOT suggesting the Islanders go out and sign Tim Thomas to a contract. I see a lot of the comments out there - you know the ones. There are a lot of people who think Tim Thomas is the missing piece to the Islanders success, or that Tim Thomas will immediately make the Islanders Cup Contenders.
Straight up, that's ridiculous.
I don't care about his resume. Tim Thomas has not played in a single NHL game since his Boston Bruins were eliminated from the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. We have literally no idea what to expect from the former Vezina Trophy winner. None.
Not to mention, Tim Thomas isn't getting any younger. He's 39-years-old, and will be 40 in time for the start of the 2013-14 Stanley Cup Playoffs. To the majority of you who were suggesting Tim Thomas over Evgeni Nabokov in late June because Nabokov's age was the reason the team collapsed in the playoffs: hello? Thomas would be the oldest player on the New York Islanders. Yes, I know Thomas has the better resume, but again, he hasn't played hockey in over a year.
So, no. I would not sign Tim Thomas to a contract.just because he's Tim Thomas. I don't care if Thomas is dying for a return. I don't care if the Islanders could use an improvement between the pipes.
However, I would love to see the Islanders offer Tim Thomas an invitation to training camp
I mean, why not? If you want to have Tim Thomas, it couldn't hurt to see what he has left in the tank. Thomas would have the opportunity to get back on the big stage by proving himself NHL-capable, and the Islanders would have the opportunity to see if one of the NHL's top goaltenders in recent years could earn a spot on their hockey team. It's really would be the definition of the low-risk, high-reward move we have seen the Islanders make during Garth Snow's Regime time-and-time again.
As I've said, I'm not exactly in favor of bringing Tim Thomas to Long Island. If the Islanders feel he could help the team, then go for it, but only if they know 100% that Tim Thomas would be an upgrade over their current goaltending situation. Otherwise, I'm happy with what the Islanders have now, and I'm ready for the 2013-14 season.
I'm Chris Triants, and this is my blog.
Let's go Islanders!