By Nick Stoico
"It looked like [Panthers GM] Dale Tallon went kicking some tires and found one that needed pumping," Thomas said.
Thomas said that he did not come up with the comment, but seemed rather proud of the little joke after telling it to the media.
The two netminders have a history, most notably during the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals when Thomas was a member of the Boston Bruins. During a post-practice press conference before game 6, Thomas was asked a question regarding Luongo's goaltending ability, to which Thomas replied, "I did not realize it was my job to pump his tires."
Despite the speculation that Luongo's arrival in Sunrise, Fla. could mean departure for Thomas, the two will have to play nice for now. Both goalies seem committed to the cause, at least for now:
Thomas on being teammates with Luongo: "It'll be interesting. I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be fun.”
— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) March 5, 2014
And on another note me and Tiny Tim are gonna rip it up the rest of the year!!!!!!! #dreamteam — Strombone (@strombone1) March 5, 2014