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Goaltender Tim Thomas signs contract extension with Boston Bruins

BOSTON - Goaltender Tim Thomas has finally struck it rich with the Boston Bruins.

He has signed a US$20-million, four-year contract extension with the NHL club. The 34-year-old Thomas is scheduled to attend a news conference Saturday morning at TD Banknorth Garden, the Bruins said Friday.

Thomas, who will earn $1.1 million this season, will earn $6 million in each of the first two years of the extension, $5 million in 2011-12 and $3 million in 2012-13.

Thomas leads the NHL with a 2.11 goals-against average and .932 save percentage. He has a career high 33 wins this season.

The 34-year-old Davison, Mich., native, who bounced around leagues in North America and Europe for years before making it to the NHL, made his debut with the Bruins in 2002.

In 216 career NHL games, all with Boston, Thomas is 106-73-27 with a 2.63 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

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