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Bruins sign Thomas to multi-year extension

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BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed goaltender Tim Thomas to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Chiarelli and Thomas will hold a press conference on Saturday, April 4 at 10:00 a.m. ET in the Will McDonough Press Room at the TD Banknorth Garden, before their 1:00 p.m. matinee game against the New York Rangers.

Thomas - who played in his second career NHL All-Star Game this past January - is currently the league leader in both Goals Against Average (2.11) and Save Percentage (.932). He established a new career high in wins with 33 and has helped lead the Bruins to their first 50-win season since 1992-93.

Over the last two regular seasons, no NHL goaltender has posted a better Save Percentage than Thomas (.927) (Nicklas Backstrom ranks second, .921) and only Martin Brodeur (2.21) and Evgeni Nabokov (2.22) have registered better Goals Against Averages than Thomas’ 2.26 mark.

The 34-year-old Davison, Michigan native was originally drafted in the 9th round (217th overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.  He was a four-year starter at the University of Vermont and compiled a 81-43-15 record and a 2.70 Goals Against Average in 140 career games. He was named an NCAA All-American and ECAC First Team All-Star in both 1994-95 and 1995-96 and led the Catamounts to their first Frozen Four appearance in school history in 1996.

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