Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 2:27pm


The Dallas Stars acquired goaltender Tim Thomas from the Florida Panthers for goaltender Dan Ellis.

What does it give the Dallas Stars
{P Kari Lehtonen} is the clear No. 1 in the Dallas nets, so it should be interesting to see how Thomas handles duties as a clear-cut backup. This is a somewhat risky move chemistry-wise for the playoff-contending Stars, but they probably have enough veteran presence in the clubhouse to handle Thomas' powerful personality. Thomas also gives Dallas options a proven winner between the pipes if Lehtonen struggles in the postseason, so this is a fairly affordable risk (especially since Thomas becomes a free agent following this season).

What does it give the Florida Panthers
Ellis has another year after this one on his low-cost contact ($900,000) and will make a solid backup for newly-anointed franchise savior {P Roberto Luongo}. The Stars clearly avoid a lot of controversy here by moving Thomas, considering his competitive history with Luongo. They don't save any money in the deal, but it will be a happier clubhouse with Ellis around instead of Thomas (which is key considering their very young nucleus).

Fantasy impact
Thomas probably gets a minor uptick in fantasy fortunes here, in that he goes to a winning team (always a key fantasy consideration with goaltenders). That said, Thomas will also become a backup, so this might even out his overall fantasy value (more quality, less quantity of starts). Ellis sees virtually not change in his fantasy value unless Luongo gets injured.

Player focus

Dallas Stars

Tim Thomas G

Florida Panthers

Dan Ellis G