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Thomas reportedly participates in NHLPA conference call

Dec 20, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

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He may be sitting out the season, but apparently Bruins goalie Tim Thomas still cares what’s happening in the NHL.

From CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty:

According to several sources, the 38-year-old goaltender sat in on one of the NHLPA’s recent conference calls discussing the NHL lockout and related players association business. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner kept silent during the conference call, and  Thomas has been holed up in his Colorado residence with his family while focusing on “friends, faith and family” after declaring this summer that he wanted to sit out the 2012-13 NHL season.

Assuming Thomas still plans to take the year off, he won’t get paid any of his $3 million salary this season (if there is one); however, the B’s will still be responsible for his $5 million cap hit. As such, they may try to trade him, possibly to a team that needs to get above the cap floor. (He’d look good lounging around at home in an Islanders jersey.)

Thomas is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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