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Panthers in Boston tonight, but Thomas won’t play

Nov 7, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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Tim Thomas is back in Boston, but not in a playing capacity.

That was the story at TD Garden on Thursday as the Panthers prepped to face the Bruins — Thomas, who led the Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup, took the optional morning skate before Florida head coach Kevin Dineen said the 39-year-old wouldn’t play in this evening’s affair.

(Thomas is currently on IR, but is eligible to be activated. Also, according to various reporters in Boston, Panthers PR confirmed Thomas wouldn’t be speaking to the media.)

Despite Thomas not playing, he was still a hot-button subject on Thursday, especially when Boston head coach Claude Julien was asked about Thomas’ role in the ’11 Cup win.

“Tim Thomas doesn’t win a Stanley Cup if our team doesn’t play as well as it did in front of him,” Julien explained, as per CSNNE. “This is an honest statement.

“Tim played well, but you don’t win a Stanley Cup just with a goalie.”

Thomas, who captured the Conn Smythe trophy in 2011 as playoffs MVP, finished that postseason with a 16-9 record, a 1.98 GAA and .940 save percentage.

  1. tmoore4075 - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Why is he not going to talk to the media? Will President Obama be with them?

  2. amityvillefun - Nov 7, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Julien’s statement is true, however, the Bruins couldn’t have won it without him.

    I hope the Bruins fans don’t boo Thomas like they did Seguin.

    • shaundre93 - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      I hated that they booed him. If they were really upset with him, they shoulda gone with the silent treatment lol. Sorry he helped us win a cup, lead the team in scoring and helped get to another final. Just because he didn’t completely live up to his ridiculous expectations doesn’t mean he was awful. Liked the trade though, got great return for him.

      Anyway, I’m off topic… B’s really better come out flying. If they have another bad game, at home against the panthers no less, I’m going to start getting concerned. This is a very different team from the last three years… I’m still confident they’ll figure it out though. Once the Bergeron line clicks (which they showed signs of Tues.) everything else will fall into place.

      LETS GO BRUINS!

      • pepper2011 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        I posted this on the Frolik article, but I feel this is why I booed Seguin:

        Seguin and Peverley both got a nice hand when they showed them on the big board in B’s gear holding the Cup. Seguin was booed after that, but I think if anything it was reassurance to the front office that the fan base was on board with their decision (not that they need it).

        I think in many fans eyes Seguin chose being a young kid over being a hockey player. It’s perfectly fine; It’s his choice, but I am not going to applaud him for it. I know when I shell out $150 or so dollars for a ticket that Bergeron, Chara and everyone else on the B’s weren’t out partying all night.

        if you showed up for work appearing hung over and useless during the most important time of the year at your job – you would probably be fired/suspended/demoted (assuming you can’t be traded).

        Yes, 1 goal in 22 games from a guy who can clearly be a force when he puts in the work.

        That is why he is/was booed. He was paid to act like a professional and he didn’t. He didn’t perform and he actions gave people a reason why he didn’t perform.

        Frolik was shipped out because he was a professional and performed; He was also a 4th line player. Frolik who had 8 goals in the last two years. Seguin had 16 last year. Frolik had 3x as many goals in the playoffs last year.

      • pepper2011 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:55 PM

        I also don’t think the expectations for a 6m player who is the #2 overall pick to score more than 1 goal in 22 playoff games is ridiculous.

        his last 40 playoff games he has 3 goals.

        He scored 3 in his first two games against Tampa.

    • shaundre93 - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      And as far as Julien… He usually doesn’t say stuff like that. This leads me to believe that

      A) Quote was taken out of context

      or

      B) Timmy was truly not a locker room favorite and wore out his welcome with the team

      Hope its A. He had a rather unceremonious exit from the team but I still look back on that cup run and can’t help but love Timmy. Don’t ever mix politics and sports!!!

    • withseidelinn - Nov 7, 2013 at 2:19 PM

      They have a legitimate reason to boo Thomas, not Seguin.

  3. amityvillefun - Nov 7, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    If the Bruins can’t beat the Panthers tonight, it’s officially “worry” time.

  4. hockeyflow33 - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Why would a guy on IR speak to the media anyways, especially a media that despises him.

    Sorry Claude, you wouldn’t have a head coaching job without Thomas stealing that Cup

    • joey4id - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      Ah! But he does. His quote says a lot about how the team felt about TT. Read between the lines young man. Julien is a very poised individual who knows how to speak smack about someone without throwing him under the bus. And for good measure he tooted his and his coaching staff’s horn.

  5. sabatimus - Nov 7, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    It’s too bad he’s not playing. I was looking forward to the B’s lighting that lamp behind him.

  6. dropthepuckeh - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Apparently the Bruins have a video tribute ready to play for him if he is in the building and in view for the camera. I guarantee the crowd will erupt if they do it. Epic run by Timmy in 2011 and who cares about his politics. To each their own…

  7. gallyhatch - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    People should read the whole Julien statement, not just the quote here. He gave equal credit to all parties, it was a lot more diplomatic than it sounds in this article.

    Thomas didn’t singlehandedly win the cup in ’11, but I don’t think they would have won had he not delivered the historic performance that he did. He should be greeted with a standing O if or when he gets introduced at the Garden.

    Re: booing Seguin….. While I don’t agree with it, I understand it. Pepper2011 explained it perfectly, I can do it any more justice than that.

    The fact that Peverly got booed disgusts me, he was a model citizen in Boston, and deserves nothing but praise.

    The TD Garden crowd is getting worse….. I’m a season ticket holder, and have been to all of two games this year, and don’t plan to return until December at the earliest. The pink hats are starting to ruin the experience.

    • dropthepuckeh - Nov 7, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      I agree but can’t stay away. Especially tonight….

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 7, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      Amen.

      No one even watches the game anymore, it’s horrific.

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