We take a break from your regularly scheduled Olympic programming to talk a little NHL for a moment and a goalie who has been mentioned in possible trade speculation.

Panthers goalie Tim Thomas came back to the NHL this season with Florida on a one-year contract. He has had a few injury issues with a wonky groin but all in all, he's been pretty good for the Panthers. Not great, but pretty good.

Given where the Panthers are as an organization (still rebuilding), his age, contract status and performance, questions arose whether Thomas would remain a Panther through this season. He expressed some interest as he said he has enjoyed himself but neither he nor the team would publicly say they were willing to commit.

Until Friday. Panthers GM Dale Tallon wouldn't mind having Thomas back beyond this season at all.