Tim Thomas: Playoffs ignited itch

Updated: September 17, 2013, 5:24 PM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

Speaking Tuesday for the first time since returning to the ice, goaltender Tim Thomas said it did not cross his mind to play hockey again until watching his former Boston Bruins teammates reach the Stanley Cup finals.

"You know what really gave me the itch? Watching the playoffs," Thomas told reporters in Sunrise, Fla., where he is trying out for the Florida Panthers. "Actually, over the last season I didn't watch hockey at all. But then when it came playoff time, I started to watch some ...

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