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Report: Tim Thomas ponders sitting out next season

May 31, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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With Tim Thomas‘ no-trade clause set to expire on July 1, rumors about the Boston Bruins moving the great (but aging) netminder keep building. (It doesn’t help when news surfaces that Thomas moved his family to Colorado.) Another rather strange possibility surfaced via Pierre LeBrun during a rumor-packed “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, though: Thomas might even consider sitting out the 2012-13 season entirely.

It’s hard to imagine such a scenario, especially since a) he’s not getting any younger at 38, b) it’s a contract year and c) he fought so hard to become an NHL regular – not to mention elite – in the first place.

That being said, LeBrun is correct in calling this past season a tumultuous one for Thomas. The unorthodox goalie has had a strange way of following up Vezina-winning campaigns with shaky encores; he was usurped by Tuukka Rask in 2009-10 and then dealt with the White House controversy this season.

Thomas would get a break from a tough year and some might point out that it would be a way of “sticking it” to the Bruins in the process. Even if he doesn’t play next season, his $5 million cap hit would take a chunk out of Boston’s budget because he has a 35+ contract (barring CBA changes, naturally). They wouldn’t actually be forced to pay Thomas that money, yet the Bruins wouldn’t be able to bolster their lineup with it either.

Again, this is far from confirmed, but it would add another huge wrinkle to a staggering falling-out between a Vezina, Conn Smythe and Stanley Cup-winning goalie and his team just a year after a dazzling peak.

  1. t16rich - May 31, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    The Bruins are not the White House. He will play.

    • stakex - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:14 AM

      Perhaps not if they trade him…..

  2. mgp1219 - May 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Let us know when this becomes an actual story. I heard he was actually pondering playing next season. Who do I believe?

    • predswilrule - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:15 AM

      if he is pondering playing wouldnt that, by definition, mean hes pondering not playing. both would be true.

      • mgp1219 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        I was being sarcastic. It’s not even a real story. It’s a rumor at this point and why bother “reporting” on rumors?

    • mhazz84 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      You’re on prohockey”talk”, not prohockey”news”. This is the rumor mill of the NHL. It’s kind of what this site does.

  3. ajsjr40 - May 31, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    The competitive fire is what makes him a great goalie. That and $5M ensures he will be in goal for someone. Foolish hypothesis Pierre.

  4. hockeyfan28 - May 31, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Think it’s pretty obvious he played his last game in Boston he walks away scott free next year so him moving his family is just nudging the front to say hey I’m ready to go. I can see the Blackhawks snooping around for his services. I can see him waiving his no trade clause and getting dealt at the draft.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      They already have the highest cap hit of any team and have Emery signed for next year and Crawford for the next two.

  5. seaner44 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Wish he would just retire and shut his yap. MAP award for 2012 goes to (Most Annoying Player) Tim Thomas

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Your post is beyond unoriginal and a horrible attempt at humor

      • seaner44 - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:04 AM

        And your reply was pointless. Troll

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

        Incorrect, I just despise horrendous attempts at humor

  6. stakex - Jun 1, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    Tim Thomas will play next year. You just don’t take a year off from the NHL when your 38 years old. In fact, you don’t generally do it at any age.

    Its far more likely Thomas will be traded, play for whoever gets him, and collect his $5 million next season… which he will no doubt stash in a Swiss bank account.

  7. blomfeld - Jun 1, 2012 at 2:03 AM


    I’m not a Bruin’s fan, but I did love what Tim Thomas did last June to the Canucks. Now however, he unfortunately no longer garners my support, due entirely to his “stupid and ignorant” snubbing of President Obama …

    • solador78 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:09 AM

      Tim Thomas just can’t wait to say, “I told you so!”

    • lchid71 - Jun 1, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      So, you supported him until you found out he doesn’t share your politics. Do you treat everyone this way? Had he snubbed Bush, I doubt you’d be saying this. BTW, he also “snubbed” Sen. Brown (R)-MA.

  8. hockeyflow33 - Jun 1, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Sorry but I’m not buying this. This is another made up story by the ultra liberal Boston media who couldn’t deal with a differing point of view. Anyone from here who is an actual B’s fan loves Timmy.

  9. upyourstodd - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:45 AM


  10. jimeejohnson - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I say that about Republicans and Democrats.

  11. capsfan19 - Jun 1, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Id be glad to have him get out of the nhl. I understand people were frustrated about how mike smith plays, but honestly he is like an angry little girl going through puberty.
    Sadly though i think the b’s shouldnt give up on hin unless theyre targetting prize players in free agency like rick nash. It’s not like he’s crappy goalie because he’s still one of the best in the league.

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