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Tim Thomas Is Just What Panthers Need

Source: George Richards, Miami Herald

Panthers_Tim_Thomas_2013Dale Tallon knew he was going to see the best of Tim Thomas on Saturday night. The day before, Tallon spoke with his goalie and got a feel for where he was mentally.

?He told me he was sick of losing,? Tallon said Saturday night, moments after Thomas? 31-save performance in a 2-1 shootout win over Minnesota. ?He?s not used to this. And let me tell you something, this guy is a winner. When we talked to him in the summer, that?s the first thing that jumped out. He wants to win, and he battles. He?s a difference-maker, and he gives our guys some confidence out there. He?s a champion. He?s what we need.?

Thomas was Florida?s biggest offseason acquisition, although technically he signed during training camp. A Stanley Cup champion with Boston two years ago, Thomas appears to be hitting his stride.


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