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Tim Thomas won’t be coming back this season

Jan 6, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

Tim Thomas’ self-imposed exile from hockey won’t be coming to an end now that the lockout is over.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted an update on the soon-to-be former Bruins netminder and says he’s more than happy at his Colorado homestead.

The Bruins will have to find a way to free up the roster space and his cap space this season, and depending how teams shape up once camps get under way, they might be in luck.

Thomas waived his no-movement clause over the summer meaning his cap hit could be acquired by a team in need of reaching the salary floor, but if they’re expecting him to suit up they’ll be left disappointed. If Thomas can still be moved easily, the Bruins would likely do it should they need the cap space.

  1. sportsfan69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Who cares. Let Timmy hang out his Tea Party losing buddies.

  2. capesouth - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Does anyone know why the Bruins have to pay him still? Isn’t he breaching his contract? If it were the other way around, and the team said to Tim “we just aren’t going to pay you anymore”, that wouldn’t fly. TT is saying, “I’m just not going to play anymore”, yet he gets paid? Or is it he doesn’t get paid but it is simply an accounting thing where his number is on the books? Point is, it should be like he doesn’t exist and his cap hit shouldn’t either. This was his choice and the organization shouldn’t have to be cash-strapped for it.

    • soj83 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      the previous CBA stated that any player that signs a contract in which they would be 35 or older during the contract, then the salary still counts against the team whether they make the team, get sent down, or retire. the only way to remove the cap hit is to trade him. no teams should be below the floor since it has been lowered, so the Bruins should be able to suspend him without pay, but he would still count against the cap.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      my understanding is that once the season starts he is placed on the Restricted/Did not report list and as long as he doesn’t show up they don’t have to pay him.

  3. soj83 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Thomas only had a no movement clause until July 1st. He can be traded at any time, and if you put Savard on the LTIR the Bruins would be around 64.9 million with Thomas in their lineup (according to capgeek). Since teams can spend up to 70.2 mil. this year they should have more than to sign or call up a couple depth forwards (all they need if Hamilton makes the team). With Bourque and Hanson in their system they will be fine keeping him.

    Freeing up roster space will be easy also, all they need to do is suspend him without pay. His salary will still count against the cap, but he would be off the roster and they aren’t required to pay him.

  4. goalieguy37 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    It’s a shame. He was a VERY entertaining goalie. for instance:

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Obviously Tim doesn’t want hockey to interfere with his enjoying watching President Obama being inaugurated for his second term on Jan. 20.

    • sportsfan69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

      That was funny. Kudos

  6. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    it’s tukka time anyway. he has had better save % too.

    • mistercue62 - Jan 7, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      Completely agree! Still haven’t recovered from the sting of Rask being traded for ANDREW RAYCROFT?? by that incompetent buffoon, John Fergeson Jr. (his mismanagement fingerprints will still take at least another few years to be completely removed from the organization that he very nearly ran into the ground!!).

    • caucasian1975 - Jan 7, 2013 at 9:32 AM

      And rask couldn’t hold a 3 games to none lead…

  7. sportsfan69 - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    It’s time for a celebration in order. A classic scene at the end of the movie “Last Boy Scout.” Bruce Willis does dances a gig.

    • govtminion - Jan 6, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Maybe I’m missing something, what does this have to do with anything?

  8. nyrangers1994 - Jan 6, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    Tim Thomas just looks like an asshole, honestly. Did the world need to know that he hates blacks and gays? For his sake, I hope he found a Chick-fil-et in Colorado. Wish he had been at ‘Batman Returns’ for the shooting spree.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jan 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      nyr: You almost sounded marginally balanced until your last sentence. On behalf of your neighbors, please get counseling.

      • nyrangers1994 - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        You’re right, how dare I express a sentiment? I must have some nerve, saying something thats not politically correct, shame on me.

    • govtminion - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM


  9. hocsocmom715 - Jan 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    He sucks anyway. no loss to the nhl. Good riddence!

    • nhloon - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      Right…….2011 Cup winnner, 2 time Vezina and a Conn Smythe to boot ……

  10. fortwaynekomets - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Rangers, he hates blacks ans gays?

    Wtf? why have I never heard this?

    **quickly hangs autographed Thomas poster back on my wall!

  11. fortwaynekomets - Jan 6, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    and why does your screen name read rangers1994?

    is that because that’s the last time they’ve ever done anything special?

    heck, even Wayne Gretzky couldnt get them into the playoffs… its a shame he.went out on a team like that.

    • nyrangers1994 - Jan 7, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      A large part of this work stoppage was due to second-rate teams needing an edge to compete with the “epicenter” franchises, like the New York Rangers. An original-six team with a storied history, everything the Rangers do is special, and Gretzky wanted to come here, so talk to him.

  12. vincentbojackson - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    The only thing less relevant than an NHL goalie’s political views, is an ex-NHL goalies political views.

    Tim Thomas is one weird dude.

  13. jhuck92 - Jan 6, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Vezina trophy, Conn Smythe trophy, and the Stanley Cup all in one magical season. Why, Tim Thomas? Why??

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