Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Panthers' crease became too crowded with
Tuesday's re-acquisition of Roberto Luongo, so the Dallas Stars stepped in to
acquire veteran netminder Tim Thomas on Wednesday.
Dan Ellis, backup to Kari Lehtonen, will join Luongo in Florida following the
The Panthers had also placed backup goalie Scott Clemmensen on waivers
Tuesday, and when he cleared at noon, a deal to clear up the goaltender
situation became necessary. Clemmensen was assigned to San Antonio of the
American Hockey League to make room for Ellis.
Thomas, who was signed to a PTO in mid-September and then inked to a one-year
deal just over a week later, went 16-20-3 with a 2.87 goals-against average in
40 games for the struggling Panthers. He had been troubled by groin issues
early in the season -- presumably the result of re-adjusting to game action
after sitting out the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign -- but rebounded to be a
solid presence in net since then.
He'll be a solid addition behind starter Lehtonen, who has a history of
A two-time Vezina Trophy recipient, three-time All-Star selection and Conn
Smythe Trophy winner with the Bruins in 2011, Thomas holds a career mark of
212-141-48 with a 2.51 GAA, .920 save percentage and 31 shutouts for Boston
and Florida since 2002.
Ellis departs Dallas with a 5-6-0 record, 3.04 GAA and one shutout this
season. The eight-year veteran holds a career mark of 83-71-17, 2.75 GAA and
14 shutouts for the Stars, Predators, Lightning, Ducks and Hurricanes.
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