Tim Thomas Ready To Compete With Panthers

Islanders_Tim_Thomas_2013Tim Thomas met the media after his first practice with the Panthers on Tuesday morning and said he was more than ready for a fresh start in South Florida.

The 39-year-old goalie was a hero after leading Boston to its first Stanley Cup in almost 40 years in 2011 — yet walked away from the Bruins a year later.

After taking a season off to reconnect with family and get involved in some new business, Thomas was apparently reenergized after watching the playoffs last spring. He said he was “proud” of his former teammates for advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.

“I have a new-found appreciation to being able to play the game at this level and being part of a team again,” said Thomas, who has not played in an NHL game for anyone but the Bruins. “My time in Boston was great. I was very fortunate to have the personal and team success I did. I had great teammates. … This is a new start. I’m excited about the future.”

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