SUNRISE, Fla. -- Tim Thomas is officially back in the NHL.
The Stanley Cup-winning goalie signed a one-year deal with the Florida Panthers and will play against the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the contract has a base salary of $2.5 million but an average annual value of $3.75 million because of potential bonuses for performance and games played.
The 39-year-old Thomas took last season off, then decided he was ready to return to hockey.
His signing is part of a busy week for the Panthers. The team will introduce Vincent Viola as its new owner on Friday, a person familiar withi the situation told The Associated Press.
Thomas has played in 378 NHL games, all with Boston. He's stopped 92 per cent of the shots he has faced, with a 2.48 goals-against average. He led the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup.
With files from TSN.ca