With injuries coming in waves for the Florida Panthers and San Antonio call-ups not exactly impressing in their short stints in the big leagues, the Panthers have reportedly signed Bill Thomas to fill in a spot on the lower lines. 28 year old Thomas has seen time in Sunrise before, he served as the go-to guy for injury call-ups last season with the Panthers playing in 24 games across the span of the season. With injuries suddenly becoming a problem again (Jack Skille was injured vs. Calgary and Sean Bergenheim went down last game) Thomas will find himself in that position yet again for what could be a few months as players slowly return to the lineup. More on Thomas after the jump.
I was legitimately bummed out after the free agency period to see the Panthers hadn't resigned Bill Thomas, but the foresight of San Antonio GM Mike Santos to keep this guy for the AHL affiliate made this deal a reality. The hope is that Thomas will fit in nicely (something other call-ups this year haven't) and hold a spot with the team until returning players force him back to San Antonio.
Thomas has 9G/8A for the third highest points total on the Rampage. No details have been released on the contract, but we're probably not looking at Christian Ehrhoff numbers. Tim Kennedy has also been recalled from San Antonio and is slated to play Tuesday.