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Thomas’ agent says decision “didn’t have anything to do with a contract or trade”

Jun 4, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

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Addressing rumors that Tim Thomas‘s sabbatical might not actually be about “friends, family and faith“, agent Bill Zito said the decision wasn’t about a power struggle with the Bruins organization.

“It didn’t have anything to do with a contract or trade,” Zito told the Boston Globe. “It did not.”

Despite Zito’s claims, there are those figuring Thomas’ motives for sitting out 2012-13 are mostly hockey related.

More, from Joe Haggerty of

The truth might just be that Thomas has lost that loving feeling in Boston, and is trying to control what happens to him next.

The veteran goaltender went into this season knowing the Bruins could deal him once his no-movement clause expires on July 1, and perhaps he formulated a plan to put into place if he saw the writing on the wall.

Thomas was stung by the lack of loyalty and the trade rumors that leaked out from the Bruins two years ago, and he wasn’t going to allow himself to become the team’s trade pawn once again.

That’s the theory anyway.

Whether intentional or not, Thomas has definitely taken control of the situation with this unorthodox — and essentially unprecedented — move.


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  1. solador78 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    Tom Thomas ‘Likes’ this story on Facebook.

  2. jdubs21 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    What an ass clown.

    Way to desert your team and your fanbase. How many people would love to play in the NHL and you’re gonna sit out?

    Tim, no one will remember you for winning a Stanley Cup, all their going to remember is whiney baby, that doesn’t live up to his word.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:34 PM

      You’re an idiot, anyone who’s an actual fan here in Boston will always remember him being the reason we won the Cup last year. If he doesn’t have the heart to play anymore, who is anyone else to tell him he has to?

  3. hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Haggerty hates Thomas and knows absolutely nothing about hockey. Please stop using him as a source

  4. murtdurt - Jun 4, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    Tim Thomas as a human being sucks. What a fuggin clown this guys become

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

      Fair point, considering your family to be the most important thing in your life is really stupid. I’m glad there are intelligent people such as yourself on this board.

  5. jericoc - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Just another cowardly act by this fat, self-centered clown. His name is on The Cup and he’s a Finals MVP, but in the grand scheme of his New England sports contemporaries he’s not a pimple on the fannies of Tom Brady, Paul Pierce, David Ortiz, Adam Vinatieri, Rajon Rondo or Kevin Youkilis …

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      What makes this cowardly? I’m not sure how walking away from the game you’ve played for 30+ years is an easy decision to make, or one he would take lightly.

  6. cweez2 - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Maybe he’s tired of crap from twits like you, Mike.

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