Goaltender Tim Thomas signs one-year deal with Panthers

After one year away from the sport, goalie Tim Thomas has signed a one-year deal with the Panthers.

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Thomas is officially back in the NHL.

The Stanley Cup-winning goalie signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers, a move that was expected for several days. Financial terms were not released.

The 39-year-old Thomas took last season off, then decided he was ready to return to hockey.

Thomas has played in 378 NHL games, all with Boston. He's stopped 92 percent of the shots he has faced, with a 2.48 goals-against average. He led the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup.