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Chiarelli says Thomas was ‘at peace’ with the trade

Feb 8, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

Tim Thomas AP

Being traded to the Islanders didn’t take Tim Thomas by surprise yesterday, according to Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.

“I spoke with Tim to make him aware of this trade and he understood. He knew that this was the type of thing that I had talked to him about earlier on in the summer and in the fall, that this could happen,” said Chiarelli, per “He was comfortable with it and he sounded quite at peace with himself. [It was a] brief conversation, but I just wanted to talk a little bit about Tim because he was an important member of this team.”

Whether Thomas, 38, ever plays another NHL game, we’ll have to wait and see. Apparently his agent told Chiarelli “he’s still contemplating the idea of playing next season.”

The question Bruins fans are asking now is, what will Chiarelli do with the $5 million in cap space that was freed up by the trade? Boston is among the Stanley Cup favorites as the team currently stands. How much better would its chances be with, say, Jarome Iginla?

Said Chiarelli: “We don’t know how many players (will be on the market as the deadline approaches) and when these players will be available. It will give us flexibility immediately and it gave us the ability to hedge on the bonus cushion, which, if they exceed a certain amount, eats into next year’s cap. Next year’s cap is important to us.”

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  1. rdurk86 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    Iginla? Yes please….

    • nunan - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      I can’t help but start thinking about potential line-ups. Sometimes, adding the big name does not have the desired effect but I think that Iginla is an exception to that. A big, physical, skilled, quiet vet on this Bs team would fit in PERFECTLY. He would have to be on the first or second line, right? My immediate thought is moving Marchand to a line with Kelly and Peverley but not sure how I feel about that. His skill set fits on that line but I think he thrives with a larger role. Will try an temper excitement for now…

    • odj810 - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      of course he’d be a great addition. But what on earth would we have to give up? 2 first rounders? no thanks. pev and a prospect? okay maybe

      • nunan - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        Not much bc his contract is up at the end of the year.

      • odj810 - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

        you realize what we gave up for kaberle right? Paul Gaustad landed a 1st. Same situation and Iginila will be much more in demand. Don’t be that fan. Who wouldn’t try to get iggy.

  2. thecheeman - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    What a great move by the Islanders. Huge cap hit, don’t have to pay any real money, a continued string of two decades of bad hockey, just tremendous.

    Take a bow Garth.

    • nunan - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Why do Isle’s fans care about this? It has no effect on anything except that is gives your team more flexibility. They don’t have to pay TT anything in real money, they aren’t going to lose a draft pick, etc. All it does is allows them to make a move if one comes up. Before this, they were strapped by the cap floor. Jeez…try running a team that has limited funds (because of a small fan base compared to other teams). Want to make bigger, more meaningful deals? Get more fans. Maybe Brooklyn will help..

  3. colonelfancy - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Doesn’t Iginla have a no-trade clause?

  4. sunderlanding - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    You think the guy who won you the cup would deserve more than this. Typical Boston. No respect.

  5. pwilson264 - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    how many goalies is that, the ilanders have now, i guess the more the merryier

  6. letsgopens8771 - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Good for Boston. Best get rid of him now an not put up with his crap because Tukka, Khudobin, and M. Subban are your future and are much better than that headcase. He needs to shut his yap and focus on stopping the puck. He WAS a good goalie, but after his emotional bullcrap, he won’t be the same. Smart move by Pete and the B’s. Dumb move by NYI. That’s $75.25 million spent on goalies alone. YIKES!! (67.5 of that was…dare I say it…Lord of the Busts Rick DiPietro)

    About the cap space, you never know, maybe Boston will try to shake things up. Setoguchi’s name keeps being thrown around, and it would be something to see Lucic AND Devin flank Krejci. Scary. The weirdest scenarios I can think up of are Iginla coming to Boston (but he might just blossom) and maybe a guy by the name of Phil Kessel could throw on the black and gold one more time!!

  7. thehighcountrybear - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:25 PM

    He is after all, a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars, he has a right to be here…?

  8. Rumor - Feb 8, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    This makes Tim Thomas sound like a dementia patient. And he probably is.

  9. hockeyfan63 - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Boston fans having no respect? Let me remind you he walked out on the team with a year left on his contract. He deserves the hatred he gets from some fans. And a whole lot of fans in Boston still like him. So don’t just assume Boston fans have just turned their backs on the guy and hate him, or treat him cruelly.

  10. hockeyfan28 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Gotta admit the only reason they won the Stanley Cup is cause of Tim to say he was lights out in the playoffs
    Is an understatement….the jury is still out on Rask he did give up 7 goals to the Sabres last week

    • hockeyfan63 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

      And the defense was poor. Thomas gave up 6 to the Sabres last year. Rask is still one of the tops in the league in GAA. Last 120 minutes he gave up just one goal. You obviously have no knowledge of what is going on in Boston.

      • hockeyfan28 - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:55 AM

        I know that Timmy won the con smythe and the vezina in the same year and the last time rask saw
        a playoff game he gave up one of the most historic chokes in the history of hockey like I said the jury is
        still out on the guy regular season is terrific but he’s replacing perhaps the best goalie in the NHL in the last ten years and Timmy produced when games mattered the most

      • odj810 - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:49 AM

        everything you say is still right. Lets just remember that TT wasn’t some unreal goaltender in the playoffs the few tries prior. Of course I thank him for what he gave the city of boston. But its no secret his time here was done. I certainly trust rask as the backstop. Will we ever see a playoffs like thomas had? probably not.

  11. hockeyfan63 - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    And how old was he? Thomas is how old? I think Rask was 23 at that time. He might have been 22. Thomas was 36/37.

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