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Thomas’ agent says ‘nothing’s changed’ with Isles after DiPietro demotion

Feb 26, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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It appears Rick DiPietro‘s trip to the American Hockey League won’t affect Tim Thomas‘ relationship with the New York Islanders.

Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe spoke with Bill Zito — the agent representing both Thomas and Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask — who said that DiPietro going on waivers (then clearing, then being sent to AHL Bridgeport) won’t spur Thomas back into action.

From the Globe:

Zito also still represents Tim Thomas, Boston’s former No. 1 goalie whose rights were traded three weeks ago to the Islanders. But the Bruins won’t see Thomas in the Islanders net or on their bench Tuesday night.

According to Zito, the two-time Vezina winner remains in Colorado with his family, still undecided whether he wants to resume his NHL career.

“Nothing’s changed,’’ Zito said. “I got a lot of calls and e-mails last week when [the Islanders] put [Rick] DiPietro on waivers. But nothing’s changed with Timmy.’’

In DiPietro’s place, Kevin Poulin was recalled from Bridgeport to serve as Evgeni Nabokov‘s backup — which may be partly why there were questions about Thomas’ potential return.

Poulin was solid at times in his season debut — Sunday’s 4-2 loss to Carolina — but is only 22 years old, and hasn’t shown a ton of consistency at the AHL level.

  1. bcisleman - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    My guess is if the Isles start playing with some consistency and really begin to look the part of a contender, Timmy may get a revelation. Be something if the Isles make the playoffs and draw the Bs with Timmy in the nets.

    • nosefacekillah - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      If Thomas was looking to play for a contender why leave Boston? He would have been locked into the #1 spot for a team many pick to win it all. Thomas has more going on than looking for a winner to play for.

  2. dolanster - Feb 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    Chances of seeing Thomas in an Islander uniform this season = zero. They don’t want him active, as that means they’d have to pay him, not just get his cap hit. Chances of Thomas signing with the Islanders next season, when he’s a UFA = less than zero. If he ever laces them up again in the NHL it will be for a team that he chooses and who wants him to play … my guess might be Colorado (with Gigeure likely retiring after this year). I think chances of even that happening are slight however.

  3. nunan - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    I think he stays out this year, goes all in for team USA next year, and then comes back to play somewhere, like Colorado. He’s won a cup. I just get the sense he wants to win a gold medal for team USA (and for god) to cement his legacy. I wouldn’t put it past him. The guy is so good because he can focus better than anyone else and he is vicious when it comes to stopping pucks. I’m pulling for him.

  4. elvispocomo - Feb 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Whatever Timmy wants, the Isles actually don’t want him to play. They only want his cap hit, and want to keep him suspended for not reporting so they don’t have to pay his salary or give up a draft pick. Now, if they could only find a way to be done with paying DiPietro too, they’d be happy as can be.

  5. jaysfan64 - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Sorry, I just don’t get it..everyone talks about this guy like he’s Ed Belfour, standing on his head at age 40, stopping 70 shots a game, playing at the same elite level for 16 plus seasons…Thomas got a big break at a late age, had a hot two-year run, got paid, and now he’s done, plain and simple…

    • hockeyflow33 - Feb 26, 2013 at 7:27 PM

      This is one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever seen on here. Why don’t you take three minutes and educate yourself about the topic before you write such drivel.

  6. Duff - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Surely it’s a no lose situation for the Islanders?

    If he stays home they get the cap hit to keep them above the floor and could keep tolling the contract year on year until he decides to report? (Unless the league cottons on to what is a pretty blatant ‘dodge’ of the cap system)

    If he decides to report, they have a goalie who has a Cup ring and a couple of Vezina’s? Or they trade him for something vaguely useful? Surely the former cannot hurt a club with a young core who is at least a bubble team if they get some decent (see consistent) goaltending? If it’s the latter, the minimum they get back must surely be a pick to replace the conditional one they gave up to the Bruins

  7. thehighcountrybear - Feb 26, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Tim’s a leading contributor at a Republican think tank in the Alaskan outback [ I know, I know...? ] where they’re working out ways to reform ideals popular in the middle ages. From these sessions it is hoped direction on constitutional reform will bring the party in line with modern thinking appropriate to the eighteenth century, to wit: restricting voting privileges to people with a minimum yearly income exceeding a million dollars. What has this got to do with hockey? As soon as players join the millionaire’s club, they become less hockey player and more stock broker, more inclined to play right wing as it were…

  8. betrayedbylife - Feb 27, 2013 at 2:23 AM

    i hope thomas never plays again and vanishes into obscurity leaving behind more questions than answers. then again, i thought the ending of No Country For Old Men wrapped up the movie and left no room for discussion so maybe i’m not sane. continue on with your quest timmy so the rest of us can continue on with our inquest.

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