The controversial Tim Thomas is looking to return to the National Hockey League and is reportedly close to making a decision.
Tim Thomas closing in on a decision. Possibly today. Discussions continue with multiple teams.
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) September 10, 2013
News 1130 Sports reached out to Thomas’s agent, Markus Lehto, wondering if his client would have any interest in signing with the Vancouver Canucks.
Either Eddie Lack or Joacim Eriksson have been pegged to act as Luongo’s understudy for the 2013-14 season, but both have zero games of NHL experience. The Canucks might have interest in adding a veteran goaltender if given the opportunity.
However, it is highly doubtful the Canucks actually have any interest in Thomas given Luongo’s return is already enough of a distraction. Thomas’s political viewpoints and the Luong0-Thomas dynamic would create additional distractions.
Thomas and Luongo famously engaged in a brief war of words through the media during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals when Luongo criticized Thomas’s goaltending style.
“It’s not hard if you’re playing in the paint,” Luongo said in 2011. “It’s an easy save for me, but if you’re wandering out and aggressive like he is, that’s going to happen. He might make some saves that I won’t, but in a case like that, we want to take advantage of a bounce like that and make sure we’re in a good position to bury those.”
“I’ve been pumping his tires ever since the series started, and I haven’t heard one nice thing he had to say about me,” Luongo added later in an attempt to clarify his comments.
Thomas fired back saying, “I didn’t realize it was my job to pump his tires. I guess I have to apologize for that.”