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Tim Thomas is by far the best goaltender left on the free-agent market.
As a former Stanley Cup champion who relishes the challenge of proving his doubters wrong, there's no question that the 39-year-old veteran would significantly upgrade the talent and depth at the goaltender position for several teams.
He's a durable player, teams can trust him in important playoff games, and he has the mental toughness and composure needed to prevent bad goals or games from negatively impacting his performance.
The risk in signing Thomas is the possibility that he'll create distractions with the posts he makes to his Facebook page, many of which involve hot-button political issues.
With that said, he's still talented enough to win 30-plus games for a playoff contender, which is why it would be surprising if the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner didn't find a new team before training camps begin.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL Lead Writer at Bleacher Report. He was also a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, as well as the 2013 NHL draft.