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Tim Thomas Says Bruins Stanley Cup Run Helped Inspire His Return

Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Goaltender Tim Thomas sat out all of last season and his NHL future was in doubt, but he admits that the Boston Bruins run to the Stanley Cup Finals helped fueled his desire to return to the ice. He just agreed to a tryout with the Florida Panthers.

"You know what really gave me the itch? Watching the playoffs," Thomas said. "Actually, over the last season I didn't watch hockey at all. But when it came playoff time, I started to watch some hockey and it started to get the competitive juices flowing and I saw my former team, the Boston Bruins, and the success they had and I was so proud of those guys and what they did."

The 39-year-old two-time Vezina Trophy winner announced that he was sitting out the final year of his contract 16 months ago. Thomas wanted to spend time away from hockey to focus on his family and other of-the-ice related activities.

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