Let me preface this post with a simple statement: If the Flyers acquire Tim Thomas tonight at the draft in a trade, it will be a horrible, horrible thing.
I don’t care that Thomas won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best netminder a couple years back, and I don’t care that he has the best save percentage in the NHL over the past three seasons. All of that is irrelevant to me. Instead, what irks me most about the possibility of a deal involving the Boston Bruins goaltender is that Thomas has no youth, no upside, and currently sits on the bench in Boston as a 36-year-old back-up to a young phenom the Flyers saw a lot of during the playoffs in Tuukka Rask.
Did you miss the most important part of that last blurb I wrote?
HE IS THIRTY-SIX YEARS OLD!
What in the world could the Flyers possibly see as the advantage of getting Thomas on board for two, maybe three seasons? The Flyers have been down this road before, opting way back when to go with John Vanbiesbrouck instead of either Mike Richter or Curtis Joseph in the free agent market. The Beezer was older than both of those guys. How did that turn out? I suppose at this juncture of the post it’s about time I make note as to the man I want in Orange and Black. The cheaper option, the better option, and, perhaps most importantly, the “franchise goaltender” option.
Of course, I’m talking about Jonathan Quick from the Los Angeles Kings. He’s the one I want, and need in Philadelphia. He’s guy I want to wear the Flyers’ crest across his chest next season, stopping pucks at the Wachovia (Wells Fargo) Center. And if I were Paul Holmgren, I’d be doing anything and everything in my capability to acquire him. If that means Jeff Carter and the Flyers’ first pick of this draft (3rd round, 89th overall) to LA for Quick, so be it. The Flyers need a franchise goaltender, and now they have the unusual opportunity to get him. Instead, however, they continue to go on about Tim Thomas and the fact that they are interested in him.
The Last part of this tweet by Sam Carchidi last night calmed my nerves a bit last night, but who really knows at this point.
Where do you go now, Flyers? With the old man in the present, or the young gun for the present and the future?
Something tells me, for better or for worse, we’re going to find out tonight. Gulp.
Check out Tim Panaccio’s piece on the situation here: SOURCES: FLYERS INQUIRE ABOUT BOSTON GOALIE THOMAS