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Dallas Stars Acquire Goaltender Tim Thomas From Florida in Exchange for Goaltender Dan Ellis

Wednesday, 03.5.2014 / 4:09 PM CT / Official Releases
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Dallas Stars Acquire Goaltender Tim Thomas From Florida in Exchange for Goaltender Dan Ellis

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis.

Thomas, 39, has posted a 16-20-3 record with a .909 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average in 40 games played for Florida this season.

In nine seasons with Boston and Florida, Thomas has posted a career regular season record of 212-141-48 with a .920 save percentage and a 2.51 goals against average. His 31 career shutouts are tied for the eighth-most among active NHL goaltenders.

"Tim is a proven goaltender in this League that has won the big games when they matter the most," said Nill. "We have 20 games left in just 39 days, including four sets of back-to-back situations, and adding a player of Tim's caliber helps our depth at the goaltender position."

A member of the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins team in 2010-11, Thomas has been honored with the following awards during his career: Conn Smythe Trophy (2011), Vezina Trophy (2009, 2011), William M. Jennings Trophy (2009 - shared with Manny Fernandez), NHL First All-Star Team (2009, 2011). He has also appeared in four NHL All-Star Games (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012).

Additionally, Thomas has represented the United States internationally at the Olympics (2010 - silver medal) and six World Championships (1995, 1996 - bronze, 1998, 1999, 2005 and 2008).

The 5-foot-11, 201-pound native of Flint, Michigan was originally selected by Quebec in the ninth round (217th overall) of the 1994 NHL Draft.

Ellis, 33, posted a 5-6-0 record with a 3.04 goals against average and a .900 save percentage in 14 games played for Dallas this season.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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T. Seguin 53 28 28 10 56
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C. Eakin 53 10 13 1 23
A. Goligoski 53 3 20 17 23
M. Janmark 53 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 51 8 10 5 18
V. Nichushkin 50 6 12 7 18
 
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A. Niemi 20 10 5 .908 2.52
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .907 2.82
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