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Evgeni Nabokov trade stalling, Tim Thomas trade rumors heating up

Jun 26, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

The buzz here in Los Angeles is that the Bruins are pushing hard to trade Tim Thomas and Marc Savard, and somehow would like to package them together. That just doesn’t seem possible, especially considering their contracts, but that’s the consistent word.

At the very least, the NTC by Savard and the NMC by Thomas don’t seem to be the big hurdles they should be, as both players have reportedly revealed the team’s they’re willing to go to.

Reportedly.

So which teams are looking at the goaltenders? The Philadelphia Flyers seemed to be making a big push for Nabokov yesterday, and when those talks fell apart Sharks GM Doug Wilson said he expected the negotiations to drag on into next week.

When asked about a potential trade for Nabokov, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren first responded with “I have no clue what you’re talking about” before going on to say that he thought that Nabokov “is going to be a free agent.” He was unwilling to talk about any potential trade, in any capacity or whether the Flyers were interested in Nabokov at all.

The other team that seems to be in on the Nabokov talks is Tampa Bay, who is also supposedly going after Tim Thomas.

I’m still not sold on why a team would trade for Thomas to take on his contract at his age, but there certainly appears to be at least some interest in the veteran.

  1. GRich412 - Jun 27, 2010 at 4:33 PM

    this article is complete bs… tim thomas has not lifted is NMC he has just been given permission from the GM peter chiarelli, via email, to talk to other teams if they, thomas and his agent, were contacted by other teams of interest. also quoted by chiarelli, “Tim has never asked to be traded. Tim wants to be a Boston Bruin.”

  2. billd - Jun 27, 2010 at 5:41 PM

    Thomas’ contract is what is making other GM’s hesitant to make a trade for him rather than his age. He did not play poorly last year but the team in front of him did. Boston was asking Thomas to play like he did two years ago, when he stood on his head, while the team couldn’t score more than 2 goals a game on the opps. He couldn’t do it alone last year. Thomas is still the Vezina trophy winner of two seasons ago. For a team with the cap room, he would be a good solid choice for goaltender.

  3. PhiJCH - Jun 28, 2010 at 10:00 AM

    Not a fan of an aging and overpaid Nabokov coming to Philadelphia. Would much prefer upgrades to the defense/3rd line and re-signing a (presumably) affordable Leighton.

  4. Bob from Philly - Jun 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Tim Thomas is a great goalie, and supposedly a great teammate. Getting him in Philly could mean THE CUP! That’s why I think our management won’t get him. Because it would be the right thing to do!

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