But Thomas is an example of why paying goalies is worth the investment. At the time, Thomas’s four-year, $20 million extension looked like an overpayment. In retrospect, given Thomas’s play, the contract was fair for both sides.
“Everyone knows he was a huge part of us winning the year that we did,” McQuaid said. “He always competed and he always enjoyed himself when he was playing. When you scored on him in practice, he wouldn’t be shy to let you know that he didn’t appreciate it. I’ll definitely remember his competitiveness.”