Thomas sustained the injury while making a sliding save in the third period of the Panthers 3-2 shootout loss to Chicago. He was playing in just his third game back since missing four with a strained groin that he tweaked on Tuesday, October 8th in Philadelphia. Despite how similar the two injuries looked on the ice, it is not believed that Thomas re-injured his groin. The exact nature of Thomas’ injury this go-around is unknown but it does not appear to be serious. According to Harvey Fialkov, Thomas will miss the Panthers’ two games this weekend, how much more time he misses remains to be seen.
Off today, my cohort Craig Davis reports Bergenheim participating full practice and Thomas on IR (miss at least 2 games). #FlaPanthers
— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) October 23, 2013
Scott Clemmensen has been called back from AHL San Antonio to fill in.
It is interesting to note that when Thomas was hurt previously, the Panthers did not place him on IR. In that instance Thomas only missed four games. This time the Panthers did place Thomas on IR. Does that mean anything? Does that mean the Panthers expect Thomas to miss more time? Is the injury more severe than we think? I do not know but the trip to IR seems to suggest that Thomas will miss a bit of time.
It does not really need to be said, but while Thomas has looked good when on the ice, his body has held up like that of a 39-year-old who has taken a year off from his sport. Here are some other stories from around the Panthers-verse:
- There have been rumors about possible Panthers on the market, the latest included Dmitry Kulikov and the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to Panthers beat writer Harvey Fialkov, Dale Tallon called those rumors absolute ‘hearsay”.
- Sean Bergenheim is back at practice, is he nearing a return?