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Did you hear this Tim Thomas-to-Chicago trade rumor?

Jan 29, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT

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Throw a bunch of hockey reporters together in a cold city in late January, add a steady stream of cocktails, and what do you get?

Besides a bunch of poorly dressed drunk guys, you get trade gossip.

According to the Boston Globe, the hottest rumor of the All-Star weekend in Ottawa was the one we passed along Friday that had Anaheim’s Corey Perry going to the Canucks for Cory Schneider, Mason Raymond and Keith Ballard.

But that wasn’t the only salacious bit of speculation making the rounds, writes the Globe.

Another one had the Bruins dishing Tim Thomas to Chicago. Perhaps that could be the University of Vermont special, with the Bruins sending their ex-Catamount to the Hawks for former Catamount Viktor Stalberg.

Now, the key to a good rumor is a measure of believability. So we ask, is this one believable?

Well, in the wake of the White House snub, it’s been reported that Thomas isn’t the most popular guy in the Bruins’ dressing room.

And Tuukka Rask would be a starter on almost any other team in the NHL.

And the Blackhawks aren’t exactly getting great goaltending out of Corey Crawford.

And Chicago has plenty of cap space.

So yeah, it’s believable. But then, so are UFOs. Thomas won the Vezina and Conn Smythe last season, and teams don’t like to trade goalies with that on their resumes. Not for Viktor Stalberg anyway.

  1. stefano9319 - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    As much as I don’t like the bruins organization this would be a stupid move on there part. Thomas is a great goalie and took them this far in the season. Why dismantle something good. Thomas is the main reason there winning not Rask.

    • norseman81 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      Yeah, it depends on what Chicago was willing to give up though? Rask is a great goalie with a bright future, unproven but a bright future. If the Hawks were willing to throw the kitchen sink at the Bruins, I believe they would pull the trigger.

  2. pastabelly - Jan 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Tim Thomas has never been popular with his teammates and kind of a lone wolf. That part isn’t news. There is no NEW or good reason for the Bruins to trade Thomas. Having two great goalies makes the Bruiins a better team.

  3. bensawesomeness - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    why not trade rask?

    • taytay099 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM

      Because Thomas is old and won’t be a 60+ game starter for much longer.

  4. Brian - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    By far the most overblown part of this whole Thomas story is the effect on his popularity in the dressing room. These are guys who are together all the time. Is there really any way his teammates didn’t know that Tim Thomas is a pompous windbag with far right political leanings before this whole thing broke? They’ve managed to put up with the guy this long, I doubt the White House snub really changed how his teammates think about him.

    • norseman81 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:05 AM

      Did you read his statement? He blames the abuse of power on wide scale within the Government. Calling out the removal of our rights as citizens. Which has happened in the last 10 years by the way! Why does everyone always have to go Fox news on a guy just because he is making a personal decision. Yeah they were being honored but, I don’t blame him one bit for using the situation to make a point about the state of our union. At least someone in this country is! It is not going to happen from within our elected leaders.

      • elvispocomo - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        It’s pretty easy to see why they’re going ‘Fox News’ on him when he’s outwardly supported Glenn Beck and the Tea Party movement in the past. To each there own, but he hardly made any statements that can be pinned to any specific issues in our government that he’d take offense to. Way to take a stand, Tim.

        If he expects anyone not to infer what he meant based on his history, or he really cared about effecting change in the government, he would have made a more specific statement or at least come out in support of a specific group (say, pledged his support for a candidate) that reflected his views. Since he hasn’t, he’s getting the response he is.

  5. pens919209 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    Well if there’s rumor-mongering going on… I heard that Obama is planning to trade Tim Thomas to Russia for Vladimir Putin and Anna Chapman.

    • barkar942 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      Latest update- Obama drops the Putin request in the trade and says he just wants Chapman! Michelle not a happy camper! Film at 11!

  6. exilerugby - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    If there’s a deal, it’s happening after the season. Thomas has a no movement clause until the season is over.

    • timthomashero - Jan 30, 2012 at 7:32 AM

      It’s seems no one considers that little fact before writing articles.

  7. norseman81 - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    Man I love this Website! Way to have your pulse on the League. Thanks NBC!

    I hope they don’t trade him because, basically that would make the West that much better! I don’t think Stalberg would get it done though. I am guessing the Bruins would want a D-man, a top 6 forward and a draft pick

  8. finfan88shark - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    I would take Tim Thomas on my team any day of the week. And I will stand and applaud him when he comes to SJ in March.

  9. muckthefets23 - Jan 30, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    I’d take either Thomas or Rask over Bryzgalov any day. At the least the universe isn’t so “humongous big” with Thomas and I don’t think I’ve ever heard Rask utter a word. Oh and they’re both better goaltenders.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 30, 2012 at 4:25 AM

      Rask prefers to speak in the form of beatings administered to opposing forwards who dare to touch him. He’s a particularly angry goalie. I rather like him for that. =D

  10. pittsburghpoonslayer - Jan 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    send this racist commie to the moon where he belongs.

  11. stakex - Jan 30, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Boston won’t trade Thomas… its that simple.

    With that said, IF they did it wouldn’t be a total shock. Thomas has a high trade value right now, but thats only going to last so long given his age. So if Boston ever wants to get a lot in return for him… now is the time. They also don’t have to worry about being left high and dry without a good goalie since they have Rask, who himself is probably one of the better goalies in the league. The other thing is with how well the Boston defense is playing… I think any decent goalie is going to look like a super start playing for them.

    So there is some room here for Boston. They could get a lot for Thomas, and its probably not going to hurt them at all to trade him. However with everything clicking in Boston, I just can’t see the GM upsetting that.

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