I guess it does make sense. I mean, he'd have to be soft in the head to think he could take a year off and have teams knocking down his door to sign him based on a resume.
For all we know, Tim Thomas is a fat lard right now. His last know public appearance was in an NHLPA video from December, 2012 and the dude does look a little chunky (see the video here):
And he will be going from playing in a hockey hotbed to a place where people just dont give a shit about hockey. Look at the crowd at the first Panthers preseason game:
What a fall from grace.