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Video: Thomas reflective ahead of game against Boston

Jan 27, 2014, 11:21 PM EDT

DETROIT, MI - JANUARY 26: Tim Thomas #34 of the Florida Panthers gets ready to make the save during the third period of the game against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on January 26, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan. The Panthers defeated the Wings 5-4 in a shootout (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Getty Images

Florida Panthers goaltender Tim Thomas has already made his return to Boston and was treated to a standing ovation, but he was in the press box at the time due to an injury.

He consequently still hasn’t played in his first game in TD Garden since leaving the Bruins, but that might change Tuesday. Before the game, he spoke to the press and the questions were naturally focused on his time in Boston.

He was asked about his refusal to go to the White House in celebration of the Boston Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup championship, a subject which used to be grounds for shutting down a press conference. At this point he’s willing to address the matter, although his argument is that the whole thing was “blown out proportion.”

He added that the Bruins treated him well through it all, but he doesn’t regret his decision to walk out with a year remaining on his contract. Boston made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final without him and while that made him think about what if scenarios, part of the reason he felt comfortable leaving in the first place was because they already had a more than capable replacement in Tuukka Rask.

Thomas has a 2.65 GAA and .915 save percentage in 32 games this season. He feels “rejuvenated” and might even play in 2014-15.

  1. terrier92 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Timmy will get a warm well deserved reception in Boston

    We all understand that without his great play we don’t win Cup

    Thanks Timmy

    • mgp1219 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      He quit on his team and left them in a financial quandary. He just did not want to play for the Bruins any longer, so he quit and gave a lame excuse about spending more time with his family and friends. I guess he had enough of that, too, since he decided to come back to hockey.

      I would not boo him if I were going to be at the game, but I damn well wouldn’t cheer for him, either.

  2. pastabelly - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    He left at the right time. It was time for the team to hand the position to Rask. I wonder if Thomas knew that and had a tough time dealing with it. The team was not left in a bind as they traded him for the cap relief to NYI and Khoudobin was a very good backup. Everything worked out fine.

  3. drl12176 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    well tukka might be capable.. but I do sometimes miss the save that needs to be made at crucial times.. Timmy always seemed to come up with that.. he also didn’t let many stinkers in.. they are definitely two different goalies.. tukka gets flustered and it seems to affect him negatively .. Thomas would just get mad and play better.. definitely two different frame of minds.. that being said. its good to be a goaltender in Boston…

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