Goalie Thomas nets three-year extension from Bruins

BOSTON -- Goalie Tim Thomas signed a three-year contract extension with the Boston Bruins, general manager Mike O'Connell said Saturday.

In his first extended stay in the NHL, Thomas has gone 9-7-5 in
23 games this season with a 2.34 goals-against average and .927
save percentage.

The 31-year-old Thomas signed a one-year deal with Boston in
September and played 26 games with the Bruins' AHL affiliate in
Providence, R.I., before getting called up to Boston on Jan. 10
when Hannu Toivonen hurt his ankle.

Thomas went 8-4-4 during a 16-game stretch from Jan. 14-March 1
to emerge as Boston's No. 1 goalie.

Thomas was drafted by Quebec in 1994, but never played a game
for the Nordiques. He bounced around the minor leagues and Europe
before signing with Boston in 2002.

Thomas played four games in Boston during the 2002-03 season,
going 3-1-0 with a 3.00 GAA.

Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.