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Panthers give out bobbleheads of Tim Thomas ... four days after trading him

(Andrew Dieb/Icon SMI)Tim Thomas signed with the Panthers in September 2013, and was traded to Dallas on Wednesday. (Icon SMI)

By Darian Somers

It's one thing when a player gets traded and fans don't know what to do with their old jerseys. It's a completely different ballgame when a team is planning a bobblehead night for one of its marquee players and then decides to trade said player before the night actually happens. What do you do with those 7,500 bobbleheads?

The Panthers figured they'd just give 'em out anyway! On Sunday, Florida's fans were lucky enough to receive bobbleheads of their former goalie Tim Thomas ... who last Wednesday was dealt to the Dallas Stars.

https://twitter.com/AmalieBenjamin/statuses/442749789185536002

In an attempt to make the situation slightly less awkward, the Panthers also gave away posters of current goalie Roberto Luongo, who was acquired from Vancouver at Wednesday's trade deadline. (It remains to be seen if Roberto will have to wait until he is no longer a Panther before he gets his own bobblehead promotion.) 

https://twitter.com/FlaPanthers/statuses/442730198682050560

And don't think the Stars didn't have their fun with this -- they caught wind of it and trolled away.

https://twitter.com/DallasStars/status/442775199251845120

Thomas was traded at the deadline for netminder Dan Ellis after playing 40 games with the Panthers this season. He picked up his first win in a Stars jersey on Saturday, when Dallas beat Minnesota, 4-3.
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