Tim Thomas traded to Stars day after Panthers land Roberto Luongo
So much for the Tim Thomas and Roberto Luongo dream team in Florida. Thomas was traded to the Stars on Wednesday.
Luongo once again won the day on Twitter with his response.
@TSNBobMcKenzie NOOOO!!!!!!!!— Strombone (@strombone1) March 5, 2014
Indeed, Luongo. Indeed.
In exchange for Thomas the Panthers get Dallas' backup goalie Dan Ellis. That leaves plenty of room for Thomas with the Stars to get action. From Florida's perspective, Ellis is signed through next season while their current backup, Scott Clemmensen, is not. Clemmensen cleared waivers on Tuesday so he will likely be sent to the AHL.
Thomas had sounded like he was interested in staying in Florida but that was before the big trade on Tuesday. GM Dale Tallon said that he would speak to Thomas either after Tuesday night's game or on Wednesday to see what Thomas wanted to do considering he had a no-trade clause. I guess we know the answer.
Both goalies talked about the possibility of playing together after their infamous spat in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final and Thomas joked about it a bit on Tuesday night but both said it wouldn't be a problem. However Thomas probably saw he wasn't going to play as much and was OK with a deal.
It's an interesting fit for the Stars as Kari Lehtonen has been banged up a bit and
Thomas signed a deal with the Panthers in the preseason after sitting out for a full season. He has a .909 save percentage behind a bad Panthers defense.
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