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All of a sudden, re-signing Tuukka Rask became Boston’s top priority

Jun 3, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

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Now that Tim Thomas has decided to take next season off to spend with his “family, friends, and faith” Boston’s situation in goal just got a lot more interesting. Boston has Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin set to be their goaltending tandem next season but there’s one little problem: Rask is a restricted free agent this summer.

Getting Rask locked up to a long-term deal has become GM Peter Chiarelli’s biggest offseason task. The issue the Bruins have now, however, is Thomas’ departure gives Rask a lot more leverage to get what he wants.

For all intents and purposes, Thomas’ career in Boston is over with. His contract expires after next season and with his friends and family sabbatical taking him out of the picture, Rask is the No. 1 guy and he’s going to want to be paid like it.

Getting the right term and money for Rask, who proved back in 2009-10 he could handle himself just fine as a starter, will make for a fascinating story line to follow this summer. At the very least, Tim Thomas’ departure has helped make Boston’s offseason a lot more exciting.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Damn foreigner, he terk Thomas’s jrrb.

    • bergeronforselke - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:20 PM

      dey-turk-a-dar!!

  2. murtdurt - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    Tim Thomas sucks

  3. roarinri - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Thanks for the Cup Tim now see ya because it’s Tuukka Time!!!!!

  4. jimw81 - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Bet you there will be a team that gives him an tender offer.

    • joethorntonisclutch - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Bet you that offer sheet goes nowhere, because Boston is screwed if it does.

    • habsman - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

      It would be comical if Brian Burke took a run at him

  5. mclovinhockey - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    Boston fans on thomas
    09- Thomas rules
    10- Thomas sucks, trade him now
    11- woo Thomas is the best goalie in the NHL and the reason the Bruins won a cup!!!!
    12- what the hell Thomas!!!!

    I don’t like Boston but Thomas is a strange dude who had some great years. Good luck in life after hockey and hahaha at the south park jokes : )

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Every goalie has something wrong upstairs. They are all weird. Then again they do like having a piece of vulcanized rubber shot at them at 90+ miles per hour.

  6. captaincanuck84 - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Thomas is a d-bag. Good riddance you assclown, I hope he has a miserable life after hockey. He deserves it!!

  7. arbruins - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Sounds like a typical bitter Canucks fan…they have sucked ever since Bure left the team. I hope Thomas plays again and I hope he is happy…regardless of who signs him.

    • colby7 - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:54 PM

      Really ARBruins? I think even the biggest Canucks hater can admit that the 2010-2011 Canucks were the best Canucks team ever. Least goals against and most goals for and 1 game away from the Stanley Cup. Obviously 2010-2011 Bruins were better in the end.. But dont take away from the Canucks squad.

      • michiganhockey11 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:44 PM

        You mean the Canucks squad that just one season removed from the Stanely Cup Finals, gets bounced in the first round by the 8th seed?

  8. jpelle82 - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    for a guy who had such a perilous and hard fought road to get to where he is, you gotta shake you head at the idea of him just giving his job away and taking a break at this point of his career. just seems like something you look back at when youre 50 and say “man i wish i had just kept playing”.

    • govtminion - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Oh just you wait. I have a feeling this isn’t over- next year he’ll try to come back, he’ll make a big deal out of how teams are ignoring him because of his political stance, and he’ll turn himself into the NHL Brett Favre with his constant threats to return.

      …maybe. Really, who the hell knows with him at this point?

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