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Neely quells Thomas trade talk

May 4, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

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Bruins president Cam Neely is “very happy” with his team’s goalies, and that includes the target of intense trade speculation, Tim Thomas.

“We have two strong goalies in both Tim and Tuukka [Rask],” Neely told “I think a lot of teams are probably envious of what we have here.  It’s an area where we feel pretty comfortable.”

There are plenty of justifications for trading Thomas:

—- He’s 38 years old.

—- Rask, 25, had a .929 save percentage in 23 appearances this season, better numbers than Thomas (.920). At some point, the torch will have to be passed.

—- The B’s wouldn’t be giving Thomas away for free and there are always areas a team can improve.

—- That whole White House thing.

On the other hand, the Bruins don’t have another Vezina- and Conn Smythe Trophy-winning goalie kicking around.

Neely defended Thomas’ performance this season.

“I don’t think any of us expected him to have the same numbers as he did last year,” Neely said. “That was a world-class year. It would be really hard to expect him to have the same numbers. With the White House thing, I know some people would like to hang their hat on that. But knowing Timmy’s personality, I don’t think it affected him all that much.”

Thomas has a year left on his contract with a $5 million cap hit. According to, his no-trade clause expires July 1.

Whether the Bruins trade Thomas likely depends on what they can get back.

Toronto and Chicago are a couple of teams that could be interested. The Leafs and Blackhawks remain committed to James Reimer and Corey Crawford, respectively, but both goalies could use a veteran to take the pressure off while they develop.

Another Leafs-Bruins trade would be fun, wouldn’t it?

  1. blast126 - May 4, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Well, i think Thomas can be a good solution for Maple Leafs, James Reimer and lower draft pick can be a good enough offer for a trade agreement with Bruins, i think.

    • creasemasta41 - May 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

      Ya the leafs would want to swap goalies with the bruins cause last time they did that is worked out so well….

    • alecitrullo10 - May 4, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      they would not trade reimer for thomas….if by some chance the leafs did try to get thomas it would be to take the load off reimer while he develops… not in any way saying Reimer is better then thomas lol, just that the leafs have seemed pretty set on developing reimer. thomas would be a mentor if they got him..

  2. cliverush - May 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    The Bruins have problems with their #1 line of forwards who disappeared in the playoffs. Lucic ability to skate up and down the ice was non-existant, but he was great gliding around behind the play. David Krechi needed the big men to do the dirty work for him. (see Lucic) Horten is a big question mark because of head injuries. No power play production and the potential loss of 3rd. group of D-men like Joe Corvo mean problems far greater than any issues in the goalie position.

    • odj810 - May 4, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      how quickly some bruins fans go from we have the greatest team in the league to being panicked about the most important players on the team. It baffles me.

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