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Tim Thomas Wants To Be In Sochi

from Harvey Fialkov of the SunSentinel,

Thomas was the backup to starting U.S. Olympic goalie Ryan Miller in 2010 when America reached the gold-medal game only to lose 3-2 in overtime to Canada. Although Thomas only played briefly against Finland, he said Monday that returning to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia this February was one of the main reasons he decided to end his one-year hiatus.

"Absolutely, absolutely,'' Thomas said emphatically when asked about his Olympics hopes. "Yeah, it's one of the major factors. I only got to play [part of one period] against Finland. But the whole experience was awesome. It doesn't matter if you're playing or not in the Olympics you want to be a part of it, and I'd love to be a part of it again.''

Predators General Manager David Piole, who's also the GM of the U.S. Naional team, told the Sun Sentinel last month in Nashville that although Thomas wasn't invited to the tryouts last summer because he was still retired, he's in the picture.

"We have a lot of good options,'' Poile said. "We didn't know Timmy's situation then but he's in the program and if he's one of the best three goalies, he's going to Sochi.''

Miller is 4-11 and in the midst of a dreadful season in Buffalo, and other potential U.S. goalies such as Ottawa's Craig Anderson (5-6-2 with a 3.26 goals-against-average) and Detroit's Jimmy Howard (5-5-6 with a 2.68 GAA) are struggling.

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awould's avatar

Good luck with that.

Posted by awould on 11/19/13 at 11:15 AM ET

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look, I don’t mind Tim Thomas having his own opinions and expressing them, but, honestly, he has shown the hockey community time and time again that he really is only in this for himself. I, for one, think that this is exactly what the Olympics is NOT about and to have him associated with it would really suck. Yet, I’m also one of those that think that the Olympics went to crap when we started allowing professionals play instead of amateurs, so feel free to ignore my rant.

Posted by scooter on 11/19/13 at 11:49 AM ET

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Would it would suck as much as having Chelios, Modano, Roenick, et.al trashing dorm rooms?

Posted by jkm2011 on 11/19/13 at 12:18 PM ET

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he really is only in this for himself.

If he is then he plays the perfect position for it.  If he were a defenseman or forward that might be a problem but as a goalie, unless it results in him skating up the ice and trying to score himself, how would selfishness be a bad thing?

Posted by Garth on 11/19/13 at 02:48 PM ET

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