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Bruins expect Tim Thomas to shake off the rust

Sep 18, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

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Tim Thomas didn’t end things on the best foot with the Boston Bruins, but that doesn’t mean his former teammates lost all respect for his skills. Key Bruins figures effusively praised him in the Boston Herald on Wednesday.

Tuukka Rask mentioned that the two netminders spoke sporadically during Thomas’ sabbatical in 2012-13 and seems to hold the 39-year-old in high esteem.

“I wasn’t ever saying, ‘He’s done,’ or, ‘He isn’t done.’ I always thought he’d be one of those guys who could come back if he wants to,” Rask said. “He’s doing it. Hopefully he’s going to have a good camp, feel good about his game and come back. It is a little unusual that somebody tries to do this at this late age he is. But besides that, Timmy is Timmy. He’s capable of doing many things that people don’t expect.”

Rask, 26, added that you always root for your friends and believes that Thomas’ skill hasn’t “gone anywhere.”

Defenseman Dennis Seidenberg also points out that Thomas seems especially driven when he’s being doubted (which, considering his late-blooming career and unusual style, is a frequent thing).

“If you know Timmy, he likes to prove people wrong — like you saw on his T-shirts,” Seidenberg said. “He’s really competitive. When he puts something in his mind, he can do it. I don’t see why not. A year off is long. But I’m sure he worked out hard the last few months and is ready to go.”

The Bruins might hope that he isn’t too ready to go. The two teams are neighbors in the new edition of the Atlantic Division; they’ll play each other five times in 2013-14, with Thomas and the Panthers visiting Boston on Nov. 7.

(Assuming he makes the Panthers, of course.)

  1. bosoxfan15 - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Thomas is going to get lit up early and pull his groin by December.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Spoken like a true pink hat as your username suggests

    • ntvd7 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:14 AM

      He’s in terrific shape and does yoga constantly…

      I don’t see this happening, he’s a warrior

      • bakedbees - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        you are a pink hat since you were born

  2. drewzducks - Sep 18, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Sounds like some serious tire pumping from his former teammates. Listen and learn Roberto.

  3. bosoxfan15 - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    You calling me a pink hat? I’ve been a bruins fan since I was born. Thomas quit on his team because of some selfish grudge. He should have put aside his political differences and went to the White House as all champions do.

    • poonerman - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      pinkhat.

    • soj83 - Sep 19, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      I don’t understand the political or White House reference. He sat out the year because he knew the Bruins wanted Rask to be a starter and Thomas no longer had a no trade clause. He didn’t want to get shipped to a different franchise or sit the bench in Boston. Any Boston or even any NHL fan realize that his off ice beliefs and political views never once effected his on ice ability. And if he sat out for political beliefs, then why did he re-sing in Boston to begin with?

    • bigblackzaranek - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      His hats not pink… it’s light red.

  4. bikesgonewild - Sep 19, 2013 at 5:30 AM

    …lotta aspects of timmy’s personality i don’t enjoy but his competitive philosophy is both mature & savvy…
    …gonna be interesting to see if & how fast the ex-bruin cup-winning backstopper can slot into a fully competitive mode…
    …was the layoff actually good for the 39 year old or not ???…gotta remember he played in a lotta different leagues before he was deemed good enough for the nhl, so was he able bring his game up permanently or did he just get hot when it counted ???…i’m betting “yes”, he’ll be on top of things once again but i guess we’ll see…

  5. arbruins - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    It was a shortened season, what better opportunity than that to sit a year…especially with not knowing when or if that season would have started. Who gives a rats ass about his political beliefs?

  6. amityvillefun - Sep 19, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: “It’s a free country, until you say something people don’t like.”

    I respect Timmy for standing up for his beliefs. If he didn’t vote for Obama or doesn’t like his policies, it is his choice to meet the guy or not. Lots of athletes have skipped out on the White House visit…what is the big deal?

    It’s a free country…as long as you don’t have an unpopular opinion and do what everyone expects you to do.

    Thanks again for the Cup Tim. It’s always fun watching you play net.

  7. bakedbees - Sep 19, 2013 at 2:51 PM

    Exactly, thanks for the best goaltending season in history!!!
    F Obama and all the political clowneys bringing that crap into a sports conversation…

  8. scalfor3 - Sep 20, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    bet against him at your own risk

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