Originally Posted by Excelsior
Bondon took the words out of my mouth. I can't see a team wanting to take a chance on a 38 year old goalie who has sat out a season ( assuming the NHL lockout lasts the season ) or even 1/2 a season. That's not even taking into account all of his other baggage and I'm sure he would have a short list of what teams he consider playing for.
Dominik Hasek was 36 years old when the Red Wings signed him the first time (2001-2002, Stanley Cup).
After a full year off, he came back to the Red Wings at the age of 38 years old
And then he even re-signed with the Wings a 3rd time at the age of 41 years old (2006-2007).
The GM of all of those Red Wings teams is Ken Holland, who is still the Wings acting GM.
Tim Thomas is a Flint, Michigan native. Distance to JLA: 1 hour. He's a big family man... got three kids. We know the rest of the story. I wouldn't necessarily know if Ken Holland (four kids) is a similar "kind" of guy... but if they are, we could all end up seeing Tim Thomas in a Wings' jersey when Jimmy Howard's contract ends
this summer. (and Thomas' contract with Boston ends too... so no need to do any trades. It's a simple UFA signing.)
Holland has that track record of signing the proven-aging goalie (Hasek) to make another run at another Stanley Cup... and it worked.