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Tim Thomas waives no-movement clause

Jun 22, 2012, 4:08 PM EDT

Tim Thomas AP

According to Bruins goalie Tim Thomas has waived his no-movement clause, opening up the possibility for GM Peter Chiarelli to trade him.

“He has given me a complete waiver of his no-trade clause,” said Chiarelli. “He gave this to me a week-and-a-half ago. In that sense, he’s being cooperative if we do decide to trade him. It may not make much of a difference, because the no-trade clause is gone at the end of the month.”

Chiarelli says teams have contacted him about acquiring Thomas — but only as a procedural move to get to the salary cap floor. He didn’t say what teams were interested but, if you want to play Columbo, you can go to and see that the Avalanche, Predators, Coyotes, Jets and Islanders project to be the bottom five teams in terms of salary next year.

The cap floor estimates to be around $54 million in 2012-13.

Based on Chiarelli’s statement, it appears Thomas is still committed to a year-long sabbatical regardless of what organization he’s part of. The team that acquires him might try to convince him to play next season, but for now it appears the former Conn Smythe and two-time Vezina winner is nothing more than a cap hit.

  1. govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Three months ago, if you’d shown me this article I’d have laughed it off as one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard.

    It’s STILL one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard, but it’s reality. Goodbye, Timmy.

    …has any athlete ever burned a bridge with a city the way Thomas has in the past year? From Stanley Cup hero who wouldn’t be allowed to pay for a drink in Boston for life to self-centered pariah wanting out in a year’s time, it’s mind-blowing.

  2. buddysguys - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    he is taking the year off instead of having his normal every other year benching take place…smart move

    • sabatimus - Jun 22, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      It’s called hip surgery.

  3. cowboys282 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    Interesting that he agreed to do it today. This would only need to be done before July 1st if the Bruins were going to make a move before the draft.

    Also the Avalanche might think they could convince Tim to play as a Backup/Mentor for Varlamov. For 3 million bucks he could play 15 games and be able to stay close to where he lives now in Colorado.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Tim Thomas is better then Varlamov why would he back him up?

  4. buffalomafia - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    He is coming to Buffalo once they trade Miller?

  5. babar61 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    I wouldn’t imagine his value would be that high anymore. Sure he is amazing but who would risk much on such a headcase? Maybe he should update on Facebook if he is going to play or sit out a year…

    • govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      And that’s the other part to it- how much would Colorado or someone like that really give in a trade for a guy who is there just to keep your salary above the floor limit? Hard to believe the guy who won the goaltending triple-crown a year ago is probably tough to sell for a seventh-round pick now.

      • bcisleman - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

        Assuming he isn’t going to play, the Bs would likely be the ones paying. Perhaps it will be a conditional thing. Bs would owe the other team x pick in the 2013 draft if Tim doesn’t play and the team owes the Bs x pick in that draft if he does play.

  6. soj83 - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    i wouldn’t be surprised to see it be for a conditional draft pick next year if he does play. 7th round pick if he doesn’t play, 2nd or 3rd round pick if he does. we’ll see what happens though.

  7. rabidbillsfan - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM


    You’re kidding right? It’s hard to pickup on your sarcasm because alot of the stuff you say is stupid, but really? You want Tim Thomas? I will take Ryan Miller over Thomas anyday of the wekk and 10 times on Sunday. Put Chara, Boychuck and Co. in front of Miller and see what happens.

    • hockeyfan28 - Jun 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

      Didn’t seem to help Tuukka Raask

  8. bostonianpride - Jun 23, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    As a life long Bruin fan I will always remember the remarkable Tim Thomas for his remarkable Stanley Cup Post-Season run and how he brought stability to a Bruins organization in need a #1 Goaltender! He played is heart out and gave what he had every night! I am disappointed in his decision to take this year off from Hockey but I respect him for doing what is best for him and his family! If he ends up coming back to the Bruins this year or next (Yes I know it is highly unlikely) I will be glad to welcome him back! If not he will always be one of the Best Bruin netminders to stand between the pipes and he will always have my respect for his accomplishments he achieved as a Bruin!!!! Go B’s!!!!

  9. reddawgsrule - Jun 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    As a lifelong Bruins fan, I’ll remember Thomas for his performance in the Stanley Cup last year. He was a rock for the B’s. Then he had to go ruining his previously untarnished image by acting like a self – serving, egotistical ass afterwards. Plus he played like horse manure in the B’s run this playoff season … somewhere along the way he lost his edge, the edge that made him great during the run for the Cup. Glad to see religious fanatic, right wing pundit, take his stick and go elsewhere. He’ll have to learn to keep his political, religious mouth shut if he wants to re-join the professional ranks again. What an egotistical moron he became.

  10. borgsng - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    Never liked Tim Thomas never will he played like crap in the playoffs this year.At his age its hard to think he will play again after a year off. even any team in the AHL will pass on Tim Thomas his washed up.

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