July is rapidly coming to an end and goalie Tim Thomas is still SOL when it comes to finding work. Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe suggests a likely scenario where he is sent a no-strings-attached invite to training camp for Thomas at this time. As for potential suitors, in addition to the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders, the Columbus Blue Jackets may also have some degree of interest in the veteran goalie.
” There had been some speculation that the Blue Jackets could be interested because new GM Jarmo Kekalainen years ago gave Thomas his big shot in Finland. But Columbus appears to be all set, with Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky signed to a new two-year pact ($5.625 million cap hit) and Curtis McElhinney inked to a one-year, one-way deal ($600,000) as backup …”
Fact is, if Thomas is extended a tryout with the Blue Jackets and performs better than McElhinney in camp, the Columbus club won’t likely hesitate in offering the former BostonBruins goalie the No. 2 job instead. If anything, the-more-the-merrier, perhaps, as far as a sense of healthy competition is concerned.
As for Philadelphia, after last seasons mess at the position, the more the merrier.