The results have been disappointing. That won't deter veteran goalie Tim Thomas from considering a return next season if Panthers management wants him back.

"I'm certainly willing to entertain the idea. I haven't talked to the club about that," Thomas said Monday as the Panthers returned to work following three one-sided losses on the road.

"I was hoping by this time to be seeing more team success. That's been a little bit difficult. Having said that, it's a process. I knew coming into it where the team was last year. I bought into this process, and what we're trying to do is turn it around."

The two-time Vezina Trophy winner, who led Boston to the Stanley Cup title in 2011, joined the Panthers just before the season opener on a one-year contract following a season off from hockey. The prospects of a return to the playoffs this season are diminishing with the Panthers 15th in the Eastern Conference, 11 points out of the second wild-card spot going into Monday's games.