The Florida Panthers were the worst team in the NHL this season with a disappointing 15-27-6 record. This is a team that made the playoffs just a year ago, so the sudden fall has to be quite concerning especially after they finished dead last in goals against and second-worst in goals scored. There is only so much money under the salary cap to work with, but a major move is definitely needed.
It may be a real long shot, but it may be worth making a phone call to Tim Thomas to see if he would be interested.
Thomas still has his rights owned by the New York Islanders after sitting out this past season and if he did decide to return, he could easily end up there. If the team lets him become a free agent, Florida has to at least make the effort to see if Thomas would have any interest. There is no state income tax in Florida, and that has been a major selling point that the other professional teams in the state have used before.
It is an option for the Panthers. It may not be the greatest option and one that likely wouldn’t work out, but this is one of those times where the team has to at least make an effort to improve. The team has the No. 2 pick in the draft along with an emerging Jonathan Huberdeau on the offensive end.
It is time now to fix the defense and the goalie situation. Thomas may be a one-year solution if he wants to come out of retirement to head to South Beach.