[Ed. note: Thomas has been traded to Dallas. More to come shortly....]
As always, there are a zillion possible reasons for that, from not liking the prices for buying or selling pieces to not finding the right fit to still working on things and haggling til the last second to simply liking their team. Only the remaining 40 minutes or so will really tell us.
But there is some smoke rising that the Stars may be looking for a backup goalie, with most of that smoke centering around one Tim Thomas of the Florida Panthers.
Here's where the first wisps of smoke came from:
And then some logs were added to the fire
Also hearing DAL in on Tim Thomas— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) March 5, 2014
Thomas is likely being displaced in Florida by the newly acquired Roberto Luongo and his Twitter account. The Stars are quite possibly in the market for a backup goalie after Dan Ellis had yet another inconsistent game in his inconsistent season, especially since they are in a race where 2-4 points may very well make the difference.
Thomas' numbers aren't exactly sparking this year with a .909 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average as he returned to the NHL after a self-imposed hiatus, and in fact they are in the ballpark of Dan Ellis' .908 and 2.75. But Thomas plays behind a much weaker team and, perhaps importantly, has a ton of big-game experience during his time with the Boston Bruins.