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Tim Thomas confirms he’s taking next season off via Facebook, throws in plug for good measure

Jun 3, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

Tim Thomas is really going to take next season off.

While Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said Thomas was considering doing that, Thomas took to Facebook today to announce his intentions.


Thomas has been busy speaking his mind on Facebook lately, throwing in a sales pitch for stuff he’s using to “prove” he’ll be staying in shape during his time away from hockey is nothing short of odd. Then again, there’s nothing normal about this situation in the first place so it fits just fine. On the flipside, it’s tough to bag on a guy for wanting to take time out to be with his family and friends.

Now the Bruins are facing next season with a $5 million cap hit going to waste on a player who isn’t playing… Unless they can deal him to a team in need of reaching the salary floor. Good luck getting anything of worth in return for that.

  1. scionofflame - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    …I really don’t know what to say about this. More power to him, I guess? I don’t think Thomas is going to be coming back to the NHL, or if he does it’s going to be fairly lackluster. His interests seem to be drifting away from hockey and into…politics and religion, apparently.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:24 PM

      OK, I don’t know Thomas, and I’m sure many of you have followed his story more closely than I have, so I’ll just toss this out for others to ponder. Is it possible that part of his motivation for doing this is revenge against the Bruins for not backing him in his political acts this past season? Like I said, I have no idea myself, just wondering what others might think. Anyone?

      • taytay099 - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        I doubt it. The Bruins never said a negative thing about him so I don’t think he has any ill feelings towards the only NHL team he’s ever played for.

      • stakex - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:47 PM

        Not at all, for a few reasons.

        1. First of all, this is going to cost him $5 million AND likely cost him what was left of his NHL career.

        2. While this is going to cost Boston $5 million in dead cap space, its not the end of the world for them. In fact, it actually takes care of the Rask issue and he can finally take over as the number one.

        3. Thomas is a red neck hick playing Boston with an extreme conservative view of things. He would have to be a complete idiot to think people in Boston of all places would go along with his crazy crap.

  2. sportsfreak13 - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    Not sure why doesn’t finish out next year and honor his contract and then take his time off as a Ufa and not be messing anyone over. I understand what he says about family friends and faith but when you sign a contract you should honor it.

    • sabatimus - Jun 9, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      This is why, along with the White House thing, I’ve lost some respect for him: he’s been putting himself over his team.

  3. pone27 - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    Well, I know for sure that if I signed a contract with a company and if I just decided I wanted to take a year off from work, I think I would get into some deep trouble.

    If I was Boston, just send him down to the minors, dump the cap and let it go. Every team is going to offer squat for him. If you think about it, why would ANY team trade something of value for a guy who is now officially saying he is not playing this year, and is showing every sign that he will never return?

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      He probably just wants to be near the airport in Denver when sh** goes down……..

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

        Damn, that was supposed to be explaining to sportsfreak why he’s taking this year and not next off.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      How would you get in trouble? That makes no sense

    • stakex - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:53 PM

      Can’t dump is cap hit in the minors since hes over 35. I think only$100,000 of his cap hit will come off the books if he goes to the minors.

      The only possible move that will happen is Boston MIGHT be able to trade him to a team that is bellow the cap floor and needs some filler space. That way the team will have $5 million in cap hit, but not have to actually pay out that money since they can suspend Thomas. Its a huge win for a poor team, but its a stretch if Boston can find anyone willing to do that.

  4. oquintero99 - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    If Thomas retires, does the 5 mil count towards the Bruins cap? If it doesnt, he owes it to Boston so they can use the cap space.

    • scionofflame - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      His cap hit counts no matter what he does because he’s 35+ years old. Play, not play, retire, get shipped to the minors/overseas. Doesn’t matter, Bruins still take the cap hit. It’s a selfish move.

  5. sknut - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Good for him, but I would think at 38 he would just retire, I guess he is leaving his options open.

  6. claysbar - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    He signed a contract after 35 years of age, his cap hit counts whether he plays in BOS, for PROV or even in the KHL.

    • pensfan603 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

      he cant be bumped to minors i believe. a clause in his contract.

      • claysbar - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        You’re right, but the clause runs out July 1st 2012

  7. eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Why would you put Friends in before Family ?

    • solador78 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:35 PM

      Because Tim needs his Facebook Friends to “Like” the post.

  8. t16rich - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Ok, it’s official. Now shut up Tim and let us enjoy the game we love.

    • eigglesnosuperbowls - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      I agree Its like,,,, Iam leavin now ! OK. No really I gonna go ! Ok . I don’t know if anybody heard me Iam really gonna go now ! OK. Iam serious Iam really leavin ! OK. Iam telling you IAM LEAVING ! OK,, WE HEARD YOU !

  9. zarleyzamboni - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    I hope he does not ask out of his contract with God with 1 year to go. That would be more foolish than this one.

  10. blomfeld - Jun 3, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    A crazy guy who I still can’t excuse as a “person” for snubbing President Obama. Yet I hold tremendous respect for him for what he did as a “player” to the Canucks last year. It’s probably safe to say he’s now done and therefore I wish him the all best. Thanks for the memories … :)

    • drewsylvania - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      Agreed. Thanks for the memories, Timmy–please don’t wreck them by becoming Glencurt Schillingbeck.

  11. drewsylvania - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Serious question: Where does he rank among the nuttiest goalies of all time? I’d say not that highly. I mean, Roy befriended his goal posts. Ed Belfour was practically schizophrenic.

    • t16rich - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

      Hahaha yup. Ron Hextall was ready and willing to kill opposing players.

    • pensfan603 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      and tim thomas is going to hid out in a log cabin in the middle of the wilderness because he thinks the world is going ot end.

    • wicky888 - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      So true, Belfour was batsh!t crazy.

  12. kingfooj - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I’ll admit, last years finals won me over to team Thomas, but after seeing how this whole situation unfolded, all I can think to myself is: “what an a**hole”

  13. dawglb - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Tim, it is your life. Live it as you wish. You have given the B’s MORE than they (or you) ever expected. Enjoy!

    • gallyhatch - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:23 PM

      So because of his otherworldly performance last year, he’s entitled to screw over the organization (and his teammates and fans) by not playing out the contract he signed?

      I’m a Bruins season ticket holder, and will be forever grateful to TT for the 2011 playoff run, but this is an extremely selfish act. Even more selfish than skipping the White House visit, which he should have done out of respect to his teammates and the office of the president. The man signed a contract and he should play it out.
      I rarely side with teams over individual players when it comes to contract issues, but if the Bruins can’t walk away from this without paying him, he shouldn’t be allowed to walk away & negatively affect the team while doing so.

      F@#$ him.

  14. odj810 - Jun 3, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I predict he gets traded to a team needing to reach the cap floor. He gets suspended doesn’t get paid and the team gets 5 M to get up to the cap. without paying a dime. However the bruins will get 0 in return except for the relief.

    • pensfan603 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      he moved his family to colorado, colorado needs to reach the cap floor.

  15. drewsylvania - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Actually, I think it is just as much PHT/Twitter/etc that we want to shut up about Thomas. Yes, he’s being a mouth, but nobody really wants to hear about it–we post about it because we want the story to go away. I guess that probably doesn’t work though, since we provide them with reasons to keep putting Thomas up when we reply to Thomas stories.

    • gallyhatch - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      I disagree completely.
      This isn’t another white house story, and it’s not another inflammatory right wing rant on his facebook page.
      The guy is announcing his intentions to walk away from his contract and team, only one year removed from winning the cup, the Vezina & the Conn Smythe in addition to the records he set.

      This is a major story, and a move that is intended to screw the team, and by default his teammates & fans.
      And why, beacause the Bruins had the audacity to explore trading him a couple years ago?
      F- him.

    • solador78 - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:39 PM

      Great post Drew! lolz…

  16. drewzducks - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    While reading of his decision, there other F’s came to mind.

  17. spicyjimbolaya - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    No work + full pay = entitlement.

    • drewsylvania - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

      Not sure, but I don’t think he gets paid if he retires or opts to stay home for a year.

      • pensfan603 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:04 PM

        no he gets paid next year because he was over 35 when he signed the contract if he takes a year off he still gets paid. It is considered i believe his teams fault for signing him over the age?
        i know it is still on the teams caps as peter chereli the bruins gm talked about but, i dondt know the exact reason its something like that though.

      • drewzducks - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:56 PM

        He will NOT be paid but the Bs get the 5M cap hit.

  18. matthews4 - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    OK, so just retire and then if he feels he wants to come back next year un-retire like Farve did. If he is truly doing this for 3 F’s how would this effect any of that? I applaud him if that is what he is doing, then include one more F. Fair, be fair to the club they gave you a shot when no one else would. Don’t stick them with 5 million dollar cap hit because you are being Fickle about when you are going to play again. It seems there a couple more F’s that may Mr. Thomas neglected to cover.

  19. guitarmy204 - Jun 3, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    He is doing this so he can come back next year and probably be in better shape and be more rested for mainly the olympics next year cause he wants to start for that team

    • kitshky - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:13 PM

      Considering that USA has Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick ready and waiting to go … I don’t think there’s gonna be much interest in a 40yo selfish headcase. Not to say his ego is telling him otherwise…

  20. pensfan603 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Tim Thomas is taking off the next season in preparation for the end of the world. On facebook he talked about how the economy is going to collapse and also moved his family to Colorado. There is som ekind of like refugee or whatever supposedly for people to find out in when 2012 happens. If it is not that, Tim Thomas has often talked about wanting to live in Colorado so he can fish and become one with nature.. Time will be back next season when he finds out the world isnt going to end.
    This also brings up the question, if time thomas thinks money is going to have no value if he has all of his money in gold..

  21. seaner44 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Good riddance

  22. proudliberal85392 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    I have a theory. Try this on for size:

    “Friends” means his girlfriend.
    “Family” means the wife who’s suing him for divorce.
    “Faith” means praying the wife has a lousy lawyer.

    Just saying…

  23. capsfan19 - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    So let me get this straight… This guy is going to take the year off from his contract? And yet still make 5 mil? Someone please clarify this.

    • homelanddefense - Jun 5, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      he wont make the money. He gets paid nothing, but the Bruins still have his 5 million against the cap

  24. pantherpro - Jun 3, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    nice religious moron! I hope Obama and the White House staff put a vodoo on your ass!

  25. nhbsfan - Jun 3, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    Does anyone research anymore?

    Thomas signed his contract BEFORE he was 35…days before. If he retires the cap hit should be gone. I’m not sure what happens if he is suspended though…

    “Thomas was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. According to a source in the Bruins front office, part of what was driving the club to get the deal done now is that fact that Thomas will turn 35 years old on April 15.

    When a player signs a new deal after his 35th birthday, per the collective bargaining agreement (CBA), although he can be bought out (at a two-thirds reduction in pay), his cap number can not be deleted from the club’s salary commitments.”

    • t16rich - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      Capgeek knows the facts when it comes to this stuff, and they say his contract is a 35plus. My guess is it does not matter when the birthday is, but if the player turns 35 through the season.

      • nhbsfan - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:23 PM

        I’d agree, but the info on the contract is vague on Cap Geek. There is more information on that Globe article when the contract was actually signed. It was a clear reason they signed him before he was 35…

      • t16rich - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        This sums it up for us.

  26. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 3, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    What is the point of the 35 plus contract?
    Seems teams are punished for signing a veteran player. If he retires there’s no cap relief?? That sounds crazy. Odds are most will retired at or around that age

  27. crazemastercraze - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    i really couldn’t care less what moronic crap he decides to do with his demi-god believing self next year. what rubs me the wrong way is this idea that his intentions are noble.

    if he was such a great guy as many are portraying him out to be, he would tell the bruins he has no intentions of fulfilling the rest of his contract and call it a wash so the bruins wouldn’t be hand cuffed with a $5 million cap hit. he must not care for his team mates much because in the end it’s the guy’s on the ice he’s screwing the most. it’s like quitting your job without two weeks notice and thinking your screwing over the company when in reality its your co-workers who end up getting dumped with the extra workload you left behind.

    the guys a narcissistic nut job, his logic makes ed belfour look like Spock and his team camaraderie makes sean avery look like stevie y. go play tennis, pal!

  28. pastabelly - Jun 3, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    He is due $3 million in cash next season even though the cap hit is $5 million. That’s the gamble the Bruins took when they signed the frontloaded contract.

    Many insiders say that he is a loner in the locker room and not one of the guys. If the Bruins didn’t have Tuukka, I’d be a bit more upset. They can also use Savard’s contract for salary cap relief against the Thomas contract. This will hurt because they could have used the Savard contract for trade deadline reinforcements.

    Okay, now some criticism for Thomas. I do believe that he is selfish. He did not even wish the Bruins or Tuukka good luck for the next season. Nobody’s expected him to act with the class of Lidstrom. But more should have been expected than a self serving Facebook page, promotion and all. The 2010-11 message was clear when he ditched the B’s facemask for the white one that he was upset that Tuukka beat him out at the end of 2009-10. If he felt entitled, too bad. At best for 2012-13, he would have split time evenly with Rask. He was also outplayed in the playoffs by the Caps goalie. It’s tough to say. But it’s true. Too many soft goals to go with the sparkling saves.

    Bruins fans are grateful to Tim Thomas for his great Cup run. But this was headed for a bad ending and it wound up being even worse than that.

  29. stakex - Jun 3, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Thomas probably wants to get his own talk how on Fox news. His views would fit in just right with that joke of a network…

  30. neelyisgod - Jun 3, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Shame on the B’s for not moving Timmy after the White House debacle. This is what they get.

  31. nhbsfan - Jun 3, 2012 at 11:07 PM


    Thanks for the link. I’m still curious what the CBA says if the player is able to play and chooses not to? It seems like it’s not the teams fault the player is able to play but won’t fulfill his contract. That whole rule seems to designed to keep teams from signing older player to long contracts and then buying them out early. If the player is under contract and just chooses not to play, why is the burden on the team?

  32. acieu - Jun 4, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    His facebook announcement seemed more like a commercial for the products he endorses

  33. quizguy66 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    I’m not familiar with G-form. Do they make bomb shelters or something? That’s a natural endorsement for Thomas.


  34. michiganhockey11 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    So he moved to Colorado and then mentions taking time off for friends, family and faith. Just a coinsidence that Focus on the Family is in Colorado and it fits with what Timmy has spouted off about for the past few months?

  35. warrenlevine - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    Tim Thomas is making a pilgrimage to commune with the other right-wing nut-job Jesus freaks in Colorado Springs so he can experience “the end of the world” with people who are as crazy and fanatical as he is. It’s no big surprise after he did a major career-f**k by refusing to go to the White House with the rest of his team.

    I saw him in his greatest moment last summer, from the third row at Rogers Arena when he did a lap with the Cup (and about 50 feet with the Conn Smythe, which he could barely lift), and was glad he was an American, but his actions when the Bruins were invited to the White House were improper, unprofessional, and embarrassing for ALL Americans.

    No great loss. He’s no Patrick Roy.

    • hockeycoach24 - Jun 6, 2012 at 8:34 PM

      Not all of us are whack jobs in Colorado Springs. Many of us have political views 180 degrees from Tim, myself included. Tim does have family in the Colorado Springs/Woodland Park area. Tim has donated a Zamboni to a local youth hockey organization. He’s right, you can’t beat the lifestyle here. Indeed, he will find common political ground with many residents. I just see this as a boon for local youth hockey. Let’s put political issues aside and just look out for the kids who are the future of the game we all love.

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