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Bruins GM “not inclined” to trade Tim Thomas

Apr 27, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

Tim Thomas AP

By the sounds of it, Boston could be in for another year of the Timmy-Tuukka tandem.

That’s the word from Peter Chiarelli, anyway. The Bruins GM spoke with’s Joe Haggerty today and addressed the future of his goaltending position, featuring one of the league’s most promising youngsters (Tuukka Rask) and the guy that’s won two of the last three Vezinas (Tim Thomas).

According to Chiarelli, next year could be status quo.

“[I view it] the same way I saw it going into the last summer: the biggest difference being Tuukka obviously didn’t play towards the end because of his injury. There’s no uncertainty there with regards to him being back and healthy,” Chiarelli said. “I know I’ve seen speculation about moving a goalie and all that stuff, but certainly I’m not inclined to do that.

“Tim didn’t have statistically the year he had before, but I thought he had a very good year. We have, if not the best, one of the top three goalie tandems in the league.”

Some things to consider here:

— Thomas has one year left on a deal with an annual cap hit of $5 million. Rask is an impending RFA that made $1.25 million annually on his last contract.

— Thomas’ no-trade rights expire on July 1. Depending on how the market shakes out, he could be one of the most compelling players available (after Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, the free agent class lacks star power).

— There could also be a glut of available goalies. Vancouver seems ready to part with Roberto Luongo, St. Louis could opt to move one of Brian Elliott/Jaroslav Halak, Los Angeles might shop Jonathan Bernier and who knows what direction Calgary goes with Miikka Kiprusoff.

— The X-factor in all of this? How big a distraction the organization feels Thomas is. His White House snub/political agenda ruffled feathers, but a long summer off (and out of the spotlight) could mitigate that.

  1. HawaiiHockey - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    Great photo of Thomas. This is exactly how I picture him every time I think of him. Upset and irritated. Does he have any other emotion?

    • HawaiiHockey - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      OK- slight smile there. But smug at best.

    • govtminion - Apr 27, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Actually, if you watch the games, he’s usually smiling and laughing between plays.

  2. terriers4 - Apr 27, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Good to hear, i hated how all the bandwagon bruins fans and people who started watching them after their cup win last year just threw timmy under the bus for the loss and complained he needed to go and his time has passed. I dont think they understand the season and playoffs he had last year was god-like. He still put up some very good stats, and as a true bruins fan, i hope he sticks around just one more year.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:32 AM

      100% correct. People don’t realize Rask has never started for a whole season

  3. neelyisgod - Apr 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    RFA, expiring contract after 12/13 season and trade rights expire July 1st, in other words you are headed to Columbus for Rick Nash. Thanks for the Cup Timmy, its been a swell ride.

    • hockeyflow33 - Apr 28, 2012 at 1:33 AM

      Why would Columbus trade for Thomas? They aren’t a goalie away from anything. Ridiculous

  4. 8man - Apr 27, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Sounds good to me. I just want Thomas to focus on something simple like hockey, because he is good at it. Leave the politics to those who have no other vocation.

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