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Seguin on Thomas’ departure: “I haven’t lost any respect for him. I’ll miss him”

Jun 4, 2012, 9:49 AM EDT

Tim Thomas, Tyler Seguin AP

Tim Thomas‘ surprising decision to take a year off away from hockey has earned plenty of reaction from fans and media alike, but it’s the opinions of his teammates that we’re all curious about.’s Joe Haggerty spoke with Tyler Seguin about Thomas’ decision to spend time with his “friends, family, and faith” and finds out he’s still got support and sympathy in the room.

“He’s a big part of our team,” Seguin told “Everyone has the responsibility to make their own decisions in life. I haven’t lost any respect for him. I’ll miss him. He’s got my best wishes. Hopefully I’ll be able to be out on the same ice with him again.”

Haggerty also hears from defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, who seems a bit miffed about the whole thing.

“If he feels like that’s what he needs to do for his family then that’s okay, I guess,” said Seidenberg. “It’s tough to judge.”

A guy taking time off for his family is hard to argue with, but teammates can feel a similar closeness and leaving them behind while still under contract might not sit so well with others.

For now, this situation will remain unique in its oddness.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Good for Tyler, my new Favorite (only one I like left now that reching ball and TT are gone) bruin. There is more to life than hockey… Thomas is almost 40… Let him spend time with his family. good luck on life after hockey buddy.

  2. habsman - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:06 PM

    Just imagine how the racist fan base in Boston would have reacted if Thomas was black.

    • govtminion - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      I dare you to come up with a valid reason to have posted this other than to be a troll.

      • habsman - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        As recently as last month, dozens of “N” word tweets were used by Bruin fans to describe Joel Ward of the Caps. I don’t think it’s a stretch to speculate that Thomas would have been subjected to the same treatment if he were black.

        Does the fact that the Boston fan base has a documented history of racial hatred bother you?

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

        Well, after all, no other city has ever had something like that happen (Wayne Simmons ring a bell? That wasn’t Boston), nor did the unfortunate Joel Ward incident end up being something to attribute to Bruins fans only. And of course there’s the part where it has NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS SITUATION.

        But hey, anything to feel good about yourself I guess. Go you.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        Boston was the first team to have a black player in the NHL. The Celtics were the first team to start an all black line-up. Most of the bad relations are a result of Tom Yawkey’s Sox ownership.

    • bearcountry17 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Hey at least he isn’t going on to win two more cups for another team.

    • kitshky - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:17 PM

      I hate Boston, like I mean I loathe Boston.

      Huge Yankee fan, Huge Canuck fan, a passing Habs fan …you honestly can’t hate that city more than me.

      On a personal level, despite my love of, American history, college girls, and great pubs I have made a vow to never even step foot into that city again for the rest of my life.

      Having said all that … habsman, just give it a rest. You’re seriously coming off as deranged and borderline pathetic. Don’t get me wrong, I respect your commitment to the hatred … but honestly you’re like a broken record that plays nothing but old New Kids on the Block tracks on the wrong speed.

      • habsman - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:59 PM

        I’ve never said I hated the city of Boston, just their rude, obnoxious, ignorant and racist fans.

      • kitshky - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:01 PM

        No you’ve missed the point. I said I hate the city … and even someone who hates the city thinks you cross the line, all the time. (hey that rhymed!)

    • drewsylvania - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      If you look them up, the Joel Ward tweets were by “fans” of several teams. Not to mention that any fan base should not be described by its worst fans.

      ANY fanbase “has a documented history of racial hatred”. We’ll always be able to find at least a few people who act like idiots and bigots, regardless of what city you look in.

      You’re a miserable person, habsman. Go help yourself by getting off these forums.

      • habsman - Jun 4, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Maybe there were “several” fan bases as you attempt to “spin” once again, but the vast majority of the racist remarks were from Bruin fans. Here are just a few of dozens of links.…/racism-is-alive-and-well-with-boston-hoc...…/race-matters-boston-bruin-hockey-fans-go-on-racist-n-……/racist-boston-bruins-fans-rant-against-black-hocke…

        Funny, no mention from you today of PK Subban. Interesting.

      • drewzducks - Jun 4, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        No one can condone the acts of a few extremist idiots, which to some degree all cities have, and Boston has a not so glorious history in that regards. That being said, the above referenced article cited by Bearcounty17, in which ALMOST 60% of Quebecers admit to being racist to some degree is both astounding and shameful. I think it’s not an assumption to say that there are a hell of a lot more Habs fans than Bruins fans in Quebec so I think even Scabsman can do that math. Also, although apparently proud of their racism over a wide range of ethnic groups they appear to not have similar feelings towards wife beaters as they are still considering St. Patrick as their head coach.

        Oh Canaduh !

  3. geo91 - Jun 4, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    The day Seguin retires he’ll realize just how poorly this was done

    • drewsylvania - Jun 4, 2012 at 2:52 PM

      Heh. Well, it’s good for him to a) speak the party line, and b) concentrate on the good things Thomas did for the team. No sense in stiring the pot any more.

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