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Chara on Thomas’ hiatus: “That’s his decision and we have to respect that”

Jun 8, 2012, 7:38 AM EST

Tim Thomas, Zdeno Chara AP

When the Boston Bruins raised the Stanley Cup in 2011, one could argue that Tim Thomas and Zdeno Chara were the the 1a/1b explanation. Thomas made the highlight reel saves, but one can only speculate about how many Chara helped him avoid. It must be rather awkward for Chara to see all that is happening with the guy he once protected so successfully, then.

Chara spoke about Thomas for what was probably one of the first times in public with Josh Rimer last night. While Chara admitted that he hasn’t spoken with his (former?) goalie yet, he did support his decision.

“It’s tough news, but it’s important to him,” Chara said. “If he sits out the whole year, that’s his decision and we have to respect that.”

They’ll have to respect that and move on to the next task at hand: try to produce similar success with the next No. 1 guy, who should be Tuukka Rask. Do you think Chara is quite as supportive of Thomas “off the record,” though?

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    I’m sure most guys think it sucks but when a guy doesn’t feel like playing anymore what can you say to him?

  2. greenguy89 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Why are you trying to embellish things by asking what we thing he *really* thinks?

    Try to be a reporter & not a publicity whore.

  3. patrickilla35 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Why would he want to stay in Boston? They have trown him under the bus over and over for four years and all he has done is win two veznas and a cup! Thats why he didn’t go to the white house with the team, they don’t treat him like a vezna winning goalie, unfortunatly he is so old now he probably won’t get a chance with another team. Timmy is the man, and do we know if Chara even speaks good enough English to speak with Thomas?

    • DED - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:32 AM

      Because the Boston media didn’t treat him like a Vezina winning goalie he snubs the White House?

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

      No one up here cared or even wrote about when John Henry, Theo and Manny skipped the Bush visits

      • danphipps01 - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

        None of them spent the next several months abusing their sports star publicity to rant about their personal politics, all while going through performance slumps that made it seem like they were more interested in demanding everyone listen to their political opinions than earn their pay.

        Also, Bush wasn’t popular with anyone by that point. ANYONE. Obama’s still got the part of America who doesn’t hate him, so there’s that playing into things.

      • lchid71 - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:44 PM

        This one’s for danphipps01. There is no Reply button for his post.

        You just confirmed what we all believed about this “controversy” – Thomas just has the wrong political views!

        I love how you justify things by asserting that Bush was unpopular (with anyone? really? He did, after all, win a second term. Not so sure about the current one) so that made it OK to snub him. All I hear is how it shouldn’t have been about politics, and he disrespected the office of the president, etc., etc. If that’s true, then it was equally as wrong to snub Bush.

        You wouldn’t criticize Thomas or blame the midseason slump on politics if he ranted about conservatives and posted on FB that he stood with the 99%.

        The fact is he is 38 and played his a** off for 2 extra months last season. I’m pretty sure he had these very same political views then, and it didn’t seem to affect his playing ability one bit. The team was also well aware of his views, yet here we are with a Stanley Cup. Amazing.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 11, 2012 at 10:53 AM

        I’m not sure about the politics thing because I am a Bush fan and not an Obama fan so your anyone point fails to hold up.

        I’m also not sure where this slump occurred because he was still 10th in Save Percentage and Shutouts and 12th in GAA . Not a Vezina campaign, but hardly a bad season in anyone’s eyes.

  4. patrickilla35 - Jun 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Thrown *

  5. sjsharks66 - Jun 8, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Chara’s English is good. Not like Malkin haha I love Malkin but his English is hard to understand at times.

  6. danphipps01 - Jun 8, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Yeah. Chara’s been speaking it for decades, he’s clearly comfortable with the language. Mind you, doesn’t he speak like, seven or so, at least in part?

  7. donjean - Jun 8, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Probably not

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