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Something to Debate on Tim Thomas?

With the Hockey Hall of Fame announcing its inductees today, I figured now would be a good time to bring up a topic that will more than likely spark up a debate both amongst hockey fans and hockey media.

When all is said and done, will Boston Bruins’ netminder Tim Thomas be a candidate to get inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame? This is something that is going to be debated by the hockey media and fans alike since Thomas completed one heck of a season in the National Hockey League this year.

Thomas was the netminder to beat this season as he won the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender, the Conn Smythe Trophy as the league’s best player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the ultimate trophy in the sport, the Stanley Cup. Easily a goaltender’s dream season, eh?

For Thomas, it was his second Vezina in three years and it was a year in which he put up unbelievable numbers. He picked up 35 wins (9th in the NHL), posted a 2.00 goals against average (1st in the NHL), a .938 save percentage (1st in the NHL) and 9 shutouts (2nd in the NHL).

Thomas, if you can even imagine, was even better in the postseason. He posted a 1.98 goals against average (1st in the NHL), a .940 save percentage (1st in the NHL) and had 4 shutouts (1st in the NHL) to cap off a year to remember when it comes to a fantastic display of goaltending.

In six seasons in the NHL, Thomas has 161 wins, a 2.50 goals against average, a .922 save percentage, 26 career shutouts, 2 Vezina Trophies, 1 Conn Smythe Trophy and of course, 1 Cup. Certainly not bad for a netminder that followed a different path to get to the world’s greatest league.

For some people, this probably won’t even be a debate and they will simply dismiss the 37-year-old goaltender as a non Hall of Famer. They’ll say he did not play in enough games, did not pick up enough wins in both the regular season and playoffs and so on and so forth.

However, when the time comes for Thomas to retire, others will say that he might deserve consideration in getting inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They will point to his incredible statistics, his trophies, the Stanley Cup, the All-Star games and whatever else might get Thomas into the Hall of Fame.

What do you folks think? Do you think Thomas should be a candidate to make hockey’s hall or do you think he’ll simply goes down as one of the best goaltender’s in Bruins’ history?

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How about this ... if Tim Thomas does not lose his starting position to Rask in the coming season then we can consider talking about this.

Posted by SDL from Toronto on 06/28/11 at 11:29 PM ET


To this observer, Tim Thomas has had two excellent seasons, two seasons in which he was an above-average (but incredibly streaky) starter, and two seasons in which he pretty good but was not Boston’s undisputed starter.

Since he does not (and will never) possess career numbers that rank among the all-time leaders, the only real argument in his favor are his two elite seasons, both of which earned him the Vezina Trophy.

I am one of the guys who thinks short but incredibly bright careers (see Lindros or Bure) should get serious Hall consideration. But with only two great seasons and meager career statistics, I’d say no way to Tim Thomas if his career ended today. If, say, Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby had been forced to retire after only 2-3 seasons and 200-300 career points, would you consider them Hall of Famers? Of course you wouldn’t.

Now, if Tim Thomas can win ANOTHER Vezina, or can put together at least 2-3 more seasons in which he is at least a serious candidate? Then the debate becomes interesting. But two elite seasons is far too little to go on with the career numbers to back them up.

Posted by Sven22 from Grand Rapids on 06/29/11 at 01:20 AM ET


Couldnt agree more Sven22-Although he had a stellar 2010-2011 season,I dont think its quite enough to be a HOF candidate just yet.

Posted by Geoff Howland from WPB,Florida on 06/30/11 at 09:58 AM ET

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