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Thomas won’t talk to media ’til after Bruins-Panthers game (Updated)

Oct 16, 2013, 1:33 PM EDT

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Things promised to get interesting in Florida on Wednesday as the Panthers prepped for Thursday’s game against the Bruins.

Today would’ve marked Tim Thomas‘ first reunion with the Boston media since his abrupt hockey sabbatical — but, apparently, it’ll have to wait.

According to multiple reports out of Florida, Thomas won’t meet with the media until after Thursday’s game, this despite the fact he returned to practice on Monday and was back out again this morning taking shots.

Thomas, 39, hasn’t played since leaving last week’s 2-1 loss to Philadelphia after surrendering both goals on five shots in just over seven minutes of action.

Thomas tweaked his groin against the Flyers, got shelved and subsequently missed Florida’s last four games. Young netminder Jacob Markstrom allowed 16 goals in relief of Thomas, including six on 24 shots in a 7-2 whitewash at the hands of Tampa Bay.

So, it stands to reason Thomas could be back in goal on Thursday to face the Bruins, only adding to the intrigue.

Update 2:45 p.m. ET

According to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty, Panthers PR confirmed Thomas won’t speak until after Thursday’s game.

Haggerty also notes that, during his final season in Boston, Thomas adopted a policy of not speaking to reporters the morning of games — but extending that policy to the day before games is something new.

  1. comeonnowguys - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Because tough questions?

  2. runhigh24 - Oct 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    Lots of goalies don’t speak to the media before games. Move on, nothing to see here.

    • Mike Halford - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      Yeah, but this is the day before his game.

  3. hosewater2 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    The title of this article is pejorative.

  4. jpelle82 - Oct 16, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    why does it matter if he talks to boston media or los angeles or chicago or new york media? havent all the questions already been asked? if he doesnt play he doesnt have anything new to say anyway so why even bother with them?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      He’s long since made it clear he won’t deal with any questions about non-hockey stuff (which some of us find disappointing since his public act of disrespect to his President), and in coming weeks we’ll learn whether he still has what it takes to be of ongoing interest to hockey fans.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Don’t buy into the media garbage. Players don’t owe a damn thing to the media.

  5. hockeyflow33 - Oct 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I hope he punches that fat sack Haggerty right in his horrendous facial hair

  6. arbruins - Oct 16, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Hockeyflow…Amen. You took the words right out of my mouth.

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