BOSTON (AP) – The Boston Bruins agreed to terms on a one-year contract with goaltender Tim Thomas, a free agent who gives the team insurance while Andrew Raycroft holds out.

“Tim is a solid, dependable goaltender who gives us some depth at that position,” general manager Mike OConnell said Wednesday.

Raycroft was the NHL rookie of the year in 2003-04 before the 04-05 NHL season was canceled due to a lockout. O’Connell said this week he wanted to sign another goalie regardless of whether Raycroft signs.

Thomas, 31, was 81-43-15 at Vermont with a 2.70 goals against average and nine shutouts. He has played eight professional seasons in Europe and American minor leagues. He spent two years in the Bruins organization and played four games, posting a 3-1-0 record and 3.00 goals against average.

Thomas played the 2004-05 season with Jokerit Helsinki and led the league in games, wins, goals against average and shutouts and was named Most Valuable Player of the Finnish Elite League.

AP-ES-09-14-05 1613EDT


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