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Report: Tim Thomas may attempt comeback next season

Jun 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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It looks like Tim Thomas‘ unique and interesting hockey career might not be over.

Although his agent said that everything is status quo with Thomas, it wouldn’t be surprising if he attempted a comeback in 2013-14, according to CBC’s Elliotte Friedman.

That news would likely be particularly interesting to the New York Islanders, who traded for Thomas’ rights despite the fact that he decided not to play this season.

Although Thomas’ contract is set to expire this summer, the Islanders have the right to toll his contract to the 2013-14 campaign. In other words, if the Islanders wanted to keep him under their control, they can do so after he refused to report this season.

That being said, there is apparently a chance that he will sidestep the NHL entirely. Friedman’s sources indicated that Thomas playing in Europe is another possibility. The Michigan-native had success in the Finnish League before he finally established himself in the NHL.

There’s also of course the question of how effective the 39-year-old goaltender will be after taking a year off. If he’s able to shake off the rust and willing to play for the Islanders, he would be a big boost for a franchise that seems to be on the rise.

  1. neelyisgod - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    What is next? A Ron Tugnutt comeback article? Thank you for your assistance Timmy in bringing the Cup to Boston, now go away already

    • gymtruthteller - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      You are pathetic. All Bruins fans these days are.

    • greenmtnboy31 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:05 PM


      That is Tim Thomas’ Stanley Cup. If not for him, Boston would not have won it.

      • pastabelly - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        I can’t believe any Bruin fan would dump on Thomas. Sure, he’s a bit different and certainly on the weird side. I would never bet against him in anything he does. I don’t want to see him end up in Toronto though.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        The city is a bastion of ultra-liberalism, as is the media covering the team, who goes out of their way to bash anyone into submission who disagrees with the current administration

    • sebrebc - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:15 PM

      As far as I am concerned, Timmy can do whatever he wants. As a life long Bruins fan, born in ’73….the ’11 Cup was the first (and at this point only) Cup I have seen. I remember the last few seconds ticking down in game 7, the entire time I stared at the TV but lost focus on what was happening. I just kept playing all my past horrors in my head, “May Day!”, Wesley missing an open net, dropping 3 straight after taking a 3-1 lead against the Habs, dropping 4 straight to the Flyers…and all the countless heart breaks, the Pens in 92, and 91, the 90 and 88 finals. Watching Raymond lift the Cup with Roy in Colorado. I played those over in my head and thought “None of those will matter in a few second….no longer will I have to live vicariously through “Orr behind the net to Sanderson, back to Orr….ORR SCORES!!”. I will have my own Cup, my own underdog championship. Because of that, I might be upset at the way Timmy handled himself the following year, I may be upset that Timmy didn’t want to play out his contract and try to cement his legacy in Boston. But in the end, he was the biggest key in winning our Cup, and for that I will be forever grateful. Heroes come in many shapes and sizes, some are flash in the pans like Dave Roberts stealing 2nd, some will come in underdog stories like Timmy, and some will come in hulking bodies, who despite not winning, gave me many memories, like Cam. Thank you Tim, wherever you are, and I will always be grateful for what you did in the Spoked B sweater.

      • yankeemofo - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:03 AM

        Same thing here, including being born in ’73. Well said!

  2. zookarama - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Tim who?

  3. jl9830 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    If the Islanders had Thomas this season, they’re playing in the Conference finals right now. I don’t know that he’s the right choice for them next year, since he’s almost 40 years old and guys like Mike Smith, Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, and Jonathan Bernier could be available. But he’s just another option for them in a market where supply already exceeded demand. This is a good off-season to need a goalie.

  4. gallyhatch - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    This does not surprise me in the least. I think he said in the past that he wants to play for the USA in the olympics in 2014. I also think that would be a very tall order considering Howard, Miller, Schneider & Quick will be among his competition.

    He would have to be in his 2011 playoff form to compete IMHO.

  5. govtminion - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    A goalie past 40, who hasn’t played in (by the time the season starts) a year and a half, and has some proven baggage and distractions that come with him.

    I’m not saying he can’t do it- I’ve long since learned not to doubt Tim Thomas when he goes into crazy-goalie mode- but… best of luck to him, because it’s going to be tough for him to get back to an NHL team, Islanders or any other.

    Some advice: Play hockey and leave the politics out of it this time.

    • gymtruthteller - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      He left the Politics out of it until the idiot reporters harassed him at home. That is when he gave a statement. You are obviously clueless just how the Boston media works. If they can’t find dirt they make it up

      • whatdapuck - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

        The guy posts a bizarre tea party manifesto and then refuses to answer followup questions? I’m a HUGE Timmy fan but it was stupid to think people would just accept that he no longer wanted to talk about something as weird as that was.

      • govtminion - Jun 2, 2013 at 8:11 PM

        “You are obviously clueless just how the Boston media works.”

        Dude, I live in Washington D.C.- I’m pretty clear on how sensationalist media works, thanks. 😉

        But seriously- as whatdapuck says, he made the big deal out of it and then asked everyone to stop asking him about it- that’s not how it works. Whether we agree with it or not, if he steps up and spouts politics, particularly in the bombastic, attention-demanding way he did, there’s no way it’s going to just quietly go away- never mind that he kept going on Facebook to put up his rants and tirades every time the controversy started dying down.

      • stakex - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:50 PM

        Incorrect. While Thomas had been posting subtle right-wing things on the internet… no one really cared. What drove it to the next level was when he took the unprecedented step of snubbing the White House trip and the President of the United States. That was a huge deal, and thats what caused Thomas so much flack.

        I get it…. Thomas is a tin foil hat wearing Teabagger who things Obama and his black army are coming for his rights some day, but you still go to the damn White House and meet the guy when you are invited. Its a sign of respect, if not for the man, for the office. Do you think every NHL player who goes to the White House has agreed with, or even liked the President they go to meet? Hell no, especially Bush (foreigners hated Bush, and 80% of the NHL was foreign born during his time. Do the math)…. but everyone always goes anyway.

        So when you pull a childish stunt like that, you deserve whatever media scrutiny you get.

      • taylorplumbing - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:14 AM

        Obviously you guys have no clue about politics. Tim Thomas was not the first athlete to refuse to visit White House. While Bush was president several athletes skipped going to the White House. Of course you didn’t here an outcry then. You can’t dis on Obama or you’re a racist. You can dis on Bush because everyone hated him anyway? I don’t blame Thomas one bit. This president is absolutely clueless. What happened in Benghazi? What happened at the IRS? What was the AG doing? How’s the economy? How much is Obamacare going to cost? Have we gotten an answer to any of these questions? And people thought Bush was dumb? Keep watching ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, etc., and remain clueless, because they didn’t make a big deal out of it when the other athletes skipped out on Bush.

  6. joeyg88 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    I hope he returns and dominates

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Yeah , him and nabby are just too old , they should let poulin develope In the AHL then when they both retire , poulin can start and dipietro can be backup

    • jl9830 - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      The days of DiPietro on Long Island are finished. Poulin and Nilsson have work to do before either are capable starters at the NHL level. The Islanders are in a prime position to land a top-notch goalie this offseason, with tons of cap space and tons of options.

  8. claysbar - Jun 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    He may be getting ready to turn forty, but with playing in Europe and bouncing around the minors not really sticking with teams long he only averaged about 36 games a year before 05-06 with Providence/Boston. He is a “young” forty when it comes to the physical side of his playing, but the mental side of his playing……(and no, not his politics)

  9. DonkeyStick - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    All right Thomas, you’re officially in the same category as Sean Avery. GO AWAY!

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:07 PM

      What a stupid thing to post

  10. schlitzy - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    good riddance

  11. proudliberal85392 - Jun 2, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Adios, Tim. Your mountain cabin awaits.

  12. bigdaddy44 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    First of all, I am so grateful for what Tim Thomas did for Bruins fans in 2011. His performance for the ages was the factor that pushed this team over the top and brought the Cup to Boston. That being said, coming back from a year long layoff at his age, does not bode well for a good on the ice result. If it is about the money, he should take every penny he can get if the Islanders let him go, no matter what league he plays in.
    If you don’t like the political angle, you don’t have to read any further. As for his politics, many are mad because he mixed it with his sport, and many are mad because Massachusetts tends to breed people with a liberal point of view, and thought he was just against the president. The fact is he dead on with his take on politicians in the US. He is one that understands that the fabric of this country is being destroyed by politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle, in a manner that is unprecedented in our history. And while the overwhelming majority of Americans narrow their focus to their own lives and likes, Rome us burning around them as they play their fiddles. A call from someone for Americans to wake up, in this case Tim Thomas, is infinitely more important than any hockey game that will EVER be played.

    • stakex - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Go back as far as you want in our history… and there will be people crying about the same thing as you are right now. Sometimes its the left, sometimes (mostly) its the right. Someone is always crying that we are on the verge of losing our rights or that the government is getting too big, or that the worlds about the end, or blah blah blah. I’ve been hearing this gloom and doom for five years now, and as a political junkie it just makes me laugh.

      I pose a simple question: Explain how the “fabric of this country is being destroyed”. Why, because gay people are getting some of the same rights you are, or because people who get sick can’t be kicked off their health care now?

      Simply put Thomas’s views (and yours) are based on a right wing fantasy land created by the likes of Glen Beck, Rush Limblow, and politicians like Michele Bachmann to scare simple minded people into supporting them and filling their pockets. You have any idea how much money Glen Beck has made scaring people like you into buying a tin-foil hat? Tens of millions of dollars. To make matter worse Fox News, which is nothing but an extreme right-wing propaganda network, helps push this fantasy land to the masses under the cover of a “news network”.

      I was going to go on and list a whole bunch of facts for you about the real world, and not your Fox New fantasy land… but if you have lived this long with your head in the sand, what is some random post on the internet going to change.

    • taylorplumbing - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:12 AM

      Stakex, How much money has Al Gore made scaring simple minded people like you into believing “the planet has a disease”? Why don’t you try watching FOX News before you go off on half baked rants. I remember Suzan Rice going on all the Sunday news shows ABC, NBC, CBS, etc., and saying the Benghazi attack was all a “spontanious reaction” to a video. Really? And all the stations bought into it (except for FOX) along with their clueless viewers. That lie went on for at least a week. If this president and his administration can’t tell the truth about an attack on U.S. citizens, are we to believe anything they tell us.

    • taylorplumbing - Jun 3, 2013 at 6:14 AM

      Stakex, How much money has Al Gore made scaring simple minded people like you into believing “the planet has a disease”? Why don’t you try watching FOX News before you go off on half baked rants. I remember Suzan Rice going on all the Sunday news shows ABC, NBC, CBS, etc., and saying the Benghazi attack was all a “spontanious reaction” to a video. Really? And all the stations bought into it (except for FOX) along with their clueless viewers. That lie went on for at least a week. If this president and his administration can’t tell the truth about an attack on U.S. citizens, why are we to believe anything they tell us?

  13. titansbro - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:22 PM

    Haggerty said on T & R that Timmy has gotten really fat while not playing.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:10 PM

      If anyone knows a thing about being a fat, out-of-shape slob it’s Joe Haggerty. He’s the liberal moron who led the bandwagon against Thomas out of town. He’s billed as a hockey insider and a cursory glance at any of his blog posts displays his complete ignorance of the game.

      You want to know the person who continued to asking annoying questions and write tmz-like articles? Look to that doughy mess with awful facial hair

      • thesportsjudge - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:27 AM

        Don’t forget his complete ignorance for journalism. I’m pretty sure he does not even know what a spell-check is. The guy is a total homer moron. I can’t stand listening to him or reading his “articles” as there are always a multitude of mistakes. Professional? I think not!

  14. tdrusher225 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Are Bruins fans seriously going to rip this guy now that he’s gone? I don’t care what his political views are, his role in delivering the 1st Stanley Cup to Boston in 40 years should go above all else. The fact that has been so quickly forgotten by many is sickening.

    • hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:02 AM

      No it’s the people who started watching the team in 2011

      • tdrusher225 - Jun 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

        I hope so, because if loyal Bruins fans are thinking that way, that is disgusting.

    • lordstanley65 - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      I could give a rats a$$ about his politics…he brought us the Cup in 2011 nearly singlehandedly. I’ll always honor him for that.

  15. tdrusher225 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Are Bruins fans seriously going to rip this guy now that he’s gone? I don’t care what his political views are, his role in delivering the 1st Stanley Cup to Boston in 40 years should go above all else. The fact that it has been so quickly forgotten by many is sickening.

    • tdrusher225 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      Oops my bad

  16. source7769 - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    a 40 yr old goalie after taking a yr off? ill pass and keep my 2nd round pick

  17. whatdapuck - Jun 2, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    He’s not as “old” as most guys his age. The guy was playing cupcakes in Mickey Mouse leagues until his mid-30’s.

    I totally think he can come back and still be a top 10 goalie. Dude’s a weirdo no doubt, but he’s a determined weirdo,, and that’s the kind of weirdo that routinely proves people like you wrong.

  18. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    What goalie isn’t a little odd? He expressed his opinion,so what – that’s what all you numbskulls are doing. He’s the best player Boston has had in 40 years and now that he personally delivered the Cup to Boston, you want to rip him.

    • stakex - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

      Speaking about a political view on an internet blog isn’t quite the same thing as snubbing the President of the United States invite to the White House for a non-political visit. Its highly disrespectful to the office, not the man, to do what Thomas did. If you truely do have this “Country first” view Thomas claims to have… snubbing the office of the President would be the last thing you would do.

      Make no mistake, if a liberal player decided to not go and meet Buch…. they would have been played up as a trader to the country on Fox News. So that fact that Thomas saw some blowback shouldn’t suprise people.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:06 AM

        This is simply not true. Several members of the Sox front office skipped visits with Bush and there was never a mention by the Boston media. Why? Because they both campaigned for Kerry.

        It’s also not that big a deal because there are players that skip it all the time

    • thesportsjudge - Jun 3, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      He was NOT the best player boston has had in 40 years. He got scorching hot at the right time. Don’t forget, the B’s were down 0-2 to Mtl in round 1 the year they won the Cup and Claude Julien was about to be fired.

      • hockeyflow33 - Jun 3, 2013 at 1:03 AM

        Yes he is

      • bingram20 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:42 AM

        Tim Thomas is not the best player in the last 40 years in a Bruins uniform. There is a guy named Borque who was pretty good and Neeley wasnt bad think they would go on my top ten before old Timmy boy. lets be honest about Timmy he had 2 Vezna seasons and one great run in the playoffs. he made it to the playoffs 4 times past the second round once. and now your going to say it was the team in front of him wasnt that goodbut since Timmy gets all the credit for winning the cup shouldnt he take the blame when the got knocked out of the playoffs or didnt make it. So thank you Tim for being the backbone in the Stanley Cup Championship season amazing run. Screw you Tim for putting yourself before the team and not celebrating at the Whitehouse with your team and then quitting at the end of the season. not being man enough to play out your contractual obligation to your teammates.

  19. spitfisher - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    If i was the islanders, I would sign him for 1-1.5 mill and have a lot of $$ incentives, everything from showing up for training camp, to starts, wins, shootout saves etc, etc

  20. goodknave - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Go play in the KHL. Then stay there after you quit.

  21. buffalomafia - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Who wants to bet Philly doesn’t get a good goalie like Ryan Miller & keep that bust of a goalie they already have?!?!

  22. eqracer - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Tim Thomas is too busy buying up bullets and K-Rations so he can
    fight the impending Obama Army of Darkness invasion of White America
    from his TeaBilly Bunker he built into the side of a New Hampshire mountain
    he bought with his last NHL paycheck. Suck a Musket Timmy!

    • taylorplumbing - Jun 3, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Tim Thomas bought a house in Colorado not New Hampshire. The Tea Party is not a bunch of gun wielding thugs that the lame stream media keeps making of them. I don’t remember one arrest at a Tea Party rally. Yet there were many arrests at the occupy rallies. The IRS is targeting innocent people and giving their names to other agencies in this vast government to harrass them also. And Tim Thomas is not affaid of Obama. He is affraid of this vast government that has intruded on innocent peoples lives. We won’t let any facts get in the way of your silly rant though.

  23. bigdaddy44 - Jun 3, 2013 at 2:21 AM

    Thomas disdain was with the government on the whole but got focused on Obama because he did not handle the situation well. stakex, your posts are both hilarious and truly sad at the same time . You display the narrow minded extremist thinking ( I use the word “thinking” loosely) of both a Rush Limbaugh or a Keith Olberman. You display the ignorance and bigotry of the likes of Glenn Beck or Al Sharpton. When you can only view the country from the far left or right point of view, your reality is well, not reality. Look at what all Washington politicians have either done or what they have allowed to be done to it’s citizens since 2000. Both sides, Republican and Democrat, of our government have done a dance on it’s citizens heads, while pointing the finger at the other side. And all the while they get the small minded to focus on the ‘evil’ other side, while they are perpetrating evil of their own. The problem is Washington on the whole, not either party alone. While due to the fact that Obama was in power and there was a trip to the White House involved, Thomas’ actions were construed to be only against Obama. His disdain has been focused on the government, both sides. It’s sad to hear from any extremist, who can not see things for what they really are.

  24. bigdaddy44 - Jun 3, 2013 at 3:45 AM

    One point of reference: “…today I exercised my right as a Free Citizen, and did not visit the White House. This was not about politics or party, as in my opinion both parties are responsible for the situation we are in as a country.”
    Tim Thomas – January 23, 2012

  25. tripps3 - Jun 3, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    Who cares

  26. mustbechris - Jun 3, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    The problem isn’t his political view. It’s that he sounded like an internet commenter when the subject came up. It horrifies me how any time politics is even remotely a topic on one of these __________Talk sites, no matter how loose the association may be, they’re always the most commented on articles because we Americans seem to blow a gasket and feel this inherent need to SCREAAAAAM AN OPINION REALLY LOUDLY so everyone can hear it.

    I HIGHLY disagree with Tim Thomas’s politics, and I offer that statement merely as a disclaimer for my next statement: maybe you should all try shutting up about it, because he’s neither the first nor the last nor the sanest nor the craziest person to ever have a political opinion.

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