Does Tim Thomas have suitors?
After spending a year in the wilderness with his family, Sovereign Citizen Tim Thomas instructed his agent Bill Zito in late June to find him an NHL job again for this upcoming season. According to Jimmy Murphy of ESPN Boston, Thomas has options but "other dominoes must fall" before he'll be signed to a standard player contract:
Per NHL source teams are interested in signing Tim Thomas for upcoming season but other dominoes must fall first before he would be signed.— Jimmy Murphy (@MurphysLaw74) July 25, 2013
Ironically Tim Thomas would likely find the Domino theory rather compelling.
While Thomas' political views are eccentric (to say the least) and he's been dogged by accusations of being "selfish" in the recent past, when he last played NHL hockey he was stupendously effective. Playing an aggressive "battlefly" style and hacking at opponent's shins like a latter day Ron Hextall, Thomas is also among the most entertaining goaltenders of the past decade.
In other words: on a low-risk one year deal, Thomas might make sense for a club looking for some insurance between the pipes. Y'know, provided other dominoes fall in precisely the right way.
ESPN's Craig Custance seems to be doubtful about Thomas' chances of landing even a one year deal outright this summer. On Wednesday Custance suggested that Thomas' year in Colorado has significantly impacted his stock around the NHL and that "the best path for Thomas may be to sign a professional tryout deal with a team to start training camp and prove he's in shape and ready to return to form.".