According to reports by TSN and ESPN, former Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has been offered a professional tryout contract with the Panthers. Thomas’ agent, Markus Lehto, told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com that his client still hasn’t made any decisions but wants to be a number one goalie and not a backup. Thomas sat out last season and his rights were traded from the Bruins to the Islanders. Thomas, 39, has won two Vezina trophies and earned the Conn Smythe trophy after backstopping the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup. Another former Bruin, Brad Boyes, also signed a professional tryout contract with the Panthers. Boyes, 31, scored 10 goals last season with the Islanders . . . Russia would like to have Capitals star Alex Ovechkin carry the Olympic torch after it is lit in Greece on Sept. 29. That would be a tight fit because it’s only two days before the Capitals open the regular season at Chicago. Ovechkin said his agent is working with the organizers of the Sochi Games to figure out the logistic. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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