SUNRISE, Fla. — Tim Thomas wanted back in the NHL. The Florida Panthers wanted goaltending help.
It might be a perfect match.
The two-time Vezina Trophy winner with the Bruins agreed to a tryout deal with the Panthers on Monday, nearly a year and a half removed from his last game in the NHL. Thomas will be on the ice with Florida for practice Tuesday, and general manager Dale Tallon said his talks with the star of Boston’s run to the 2011 Stanley Cup convinced him that the move was right.
‘‘He really wants to play and he really wants to lead and he really wants to be the starter and he wants to win and he wants to win now,’’ Tallon said.’’
Thomas is expected to address reporters Tuesday. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.