Originally Posted by Pengwin7
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.
Good point which I hadn't thought of. I like your Ryan Miller theory better though haha. I guess in recent years even we have seen this though, when the Red Wings tried to sign Nabokov to that cheap contract to get him back into the NHL.
Maybe I'm making it into a bigger issue than it is, but I really can't see how a team, unless very desperate, could give Thomas a chance considering what he did off the ice last year. It was a big time distraction, not to mention he bailed on his team.