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Don't expect a Tim Thomas trade anytime soon

Jun 25, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

Kevin
Dupont of the Boston Globe
is reporting this morning that contrary
to several reports yesterday saying that Tim Thomas’ agent was given
permission to seek a trade, prompting speculation that Thomas was on his
way out of Boston, the veteran netminder doesn’t appear to be going
anywhere at the moment.

Bill Zito, Thomas’ agent, spoke with the
Globe and and said that Thomas is willing to look into being traded if
that is what the Bruins want, but there have been no offers brought to
Zito and as of now Thomas isn’t going anywhere.

“I
know what’s out there now — a story that says I’m out to get a deal
done,” said Zito, the Chicago-based agent who was instrumental in
finding Thomas work in both Europe and North America. “But that’s just
not true. Absolutely nothing has been brought to me. No team has come to
me and said, ‘Yes, we want him, would he come here?’ And I am not
actively canvassing the NHL to find Timmy a new place to play.”

That
makes complete sense, as I was confused as to what sort of market could
be out there for Thomas, who is set to make $6 million next year as a
36-year old goaltender coming off a bad season. There will be more
goaltenders on the market in free agency than there are starting jobs
available and teams can afford to wait and not have to make a trade for
an expensive netminder like Thomas.

There’s no doubt that the
Bruins would want to move Thomas, as they are now set with Tuukka Rask
and need the cap space. But that’s the risk you take when you sign an
older goaltender to the contract Thomas received, while giving him a
no-movement clause. Now you’d like to trade him, but there just isn’t
any interest out there in the NHL.

  1. duggy - Jun 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    no need to trade thomas is right!not after the increase in the salary cap.dont forget that sturm’s cap hit wont take place until he comes back from his injury..could be a few months into the regular season..then..unfortunatly someone else with a high pay role will most likely be injured and off the pay role..injuries are part of the game.so i would say the bruins have time on thier hands to wait and see unless something they just cant say no too falls into their hands..might be good too see tuka and thomas battle for the #1 spot again..

  2. H - Jun 25, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    You really should put a little more thought into your comments Mr.Worley. Thomas is scheduled to make $5mil next year not 6. And if you bothered to look at his stats for last season you would see that he had a .915 save % and a 2.56 GAA. Both numbers placing him about 15th in the NHL. Not what anyone who follows the sport would consider a “bad season”. Wake up.

  3. Aaron - Jun 27, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    H beat me to it. I get pissed when people say Thomas had a bad season last year. Now Steve Mason, on the other hand…THAT’S a bad season. Sure, Thomas slipped up a bit, but his stats are still comparable to Martin Brodeur’s. Did Brodeur have a bad season?

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