Tim Thomas makes belated return

Finally set to play in Boston, he looks back at his tumultuous time with Bruins

Updated: January 28, 2014, 6:56 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

BOSTON -- Tim Thomas is back again.

Only this time he will face his former team when the Boston Bruins host the Florida Panthers Tuesday night at TD Garden.

The last time the Panthers were in town, on Nov. 7, Thomas was sidelined with a groin injury. Now he's healthy and it appears he will start against the Bruins. Boston defeated Thomas and the Panthers, 3-2, on Oct. 17 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

But this will be his first game in Boston since his messy departure ...

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