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Thornton on Thomas: “I’d rather have somebody coming in with their head and heart into it”

Jun 12, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

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James Murphy of ESPN Boston recently caught up with Shawn Thornton to discuss the hottest Bruins offseason topic — Tim Thomas.

Thornton, usually good for a quote or three, didn’t disappoint as he painted a picture of Thomas’ relationship with teammates.

“I didn’t expect it,” the Bruins forward said of Thomas’ sabbatical. “I don’t talk to him on a personal level. So I wouldn’t have been privy to that information anyways.

“If he needs some personal time then I’d rather have somebody coming in with their head and heart into it than just coming in and going through the motions.”

Thornton was complimentary of Thomas’ contributions, saying “he did a lot for this organization and a lot for this city and I think that we should be thankful for that.” But his overall message seemed to echo what many Boston players — including captain Zdeno Chara — have said about Thomas’ decision:

One, it caught them off guard. Two, they hadn’t discussed it with him.

“I haven’t had a chance to talk with Timmy yet. It is tough news, but it’s important to him,” Chara said in an interview last week. “If he sits out the whole year, that’s his decision. We have to respect that.”

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  1. danphipps01 - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    That’s because the team barely talks to Thomas in general. Or rather, he barely talks to them. He’s already well-known for his loner act.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:18 PM

      His loner act won us a Cup so who cares

  2. eggserino - Jun 12, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    Let’s not forget that goalies have always been thought of as askew. Because Thomas doesn’t have a lot of interaction with his team this gets even more blown up? Goalies are weird. Other players aren’t surprised when they don’t hang out with the goalie. Taking a year off is weird. Is it weird not to talk to the goalie about personal stuff? No.

  3. pastabelly - Jun 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    I don’t understand how he thinks he’s going to beat out Quick for a spot on the Olympic team. He may not even make it if Miller is on his game. As far as Boston goes, he would have made $3 million for playing in 40 games. Well, it’s Tuukka Time.

    • soj83 - Jun 12, 2012 at 10:26 PM

      Howard will probably move ahead of him on the Olympic depth chart, if NHL players even play in the next Olympics.

  4. lordstanley65 - Jun 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Agreed. There’s alot of younger talent ahead of him who’ll get the nod for the Olympics. Also, it’s not like he had a stellar season this year,either. Were ready for Tukka Time.

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