April 3, 2009

Boston goalie Tim Thomas inks new contract

The Boston Bruins signed goaltender Tim Thomas to a multiyear contract that will keep him with them at least three years.

The deal was locked up less than 24 hours after Thomas recorded his 50th victory this season in a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators.

The Boston Globe reported that Thomas will earn approximately $5.2 million per year, like record-breaking counterpart Martin Brodeur of New Jersey.

On July 1, Thomas was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

Thomas turns 35 on April 15 and when that happens, the NHL's collective bargaining agreement says his cap number cannot be deleted from a team's salary commitments. Also, it gives the Bruins the opportunity to buy him out at any point.

To date, the potential Vezina Trophy winner, symbolic of the league's top goaltender, leads the NHL with a 2.11 goals allowed percent average in 51 games.