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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thomas Moves Up

With last night's win against Washington, Tim Thomas moved past Reggie Lemelin and Pete Peters to break into the top-10 on Boston's all-time goaltender wins list.

Thomas has 94 career wins with a .920 save percentage and a goals against average of 2.61. The Flint, Michigan native was drafted in 1994 by the Quebec Nordiques in the ninth round.

It only took the All-Star three-and-a-half season to reach this milestone. He wasn't ever expected to play at the NHL level, making Thomas one of the most popular "feel good" stories in the league.

But does this feat reflect poorly on the club? The fact that Thomas was able to move up in the ranks so quickly shows Boston's inability to maintain a solid goaltender since Andy Moog's departure in 1993.

To break into Boston's top five, Thomas needs to put up an average of 30 wins per season by the end of his career. He broke this barrier once in the 2006-2007 season.


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