BOSTON (CBS) – Goaltender Tim Thomas could be back in the NHL very soon.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the 39-year-old Thomas will get a tryout with the Florida Panthers, and if all goes well the team will sign him to an NHL contract. A deal could be finalized by Monday evening, if Thomas shows he still has it between the pipes.

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Florida is looking to add a veteran netminder behind 23-year-old Jakob Markstrom, so they’re giving the two-time Vezina winner a shot.

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Thomas took last season off, walking away from the final year of his four-year, $20 million pact with the Bruins just 12 months after establishing his legacy as a Stanley Cup and Conn Smythe winner. It was a somewhat surprising turn of events, considering Thomas had just posted a respectable .920 save percentage and 2.36 goals-against average before the Bruins’ seven-game loss to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs.

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With Tuukka Rask handling the starting goaltender job without an issue, the Bruins were able to trade Tim Thomas’ contract to the New York Islanders during the lockout-shortened season. The Islanders had the option of “tolling” Thomas’ contract, thereby keeping him under their control next season, but that was not in their plans.

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Thomas has played in 378 games in the NHL, all with the Bruins from 2002-12, posting a 196-121-45 record, .921 save percentage and 2.48 GAA. He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy after posting a 1.98 GAA and .940 save percentage during the Bruins’ run to the Stanley Cup in 2011. He also won the Vezina Trophy in 2009 and ’11 as the league’s best goaltender.

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Should Thomas make the Panthers, he would return to Boston on November 7. The Bruins take on the Panthers in Florida on October 17.