BOSTON -- Tim Thomas will not report to Boston Bruins camp this week, will be suspended by the Bs organization in the coming days, and wont suit up for the Black and Gold during this abbreviated 2013 48-game NHL season.
But the eccentric 38-year-old goaltender has indicated to the Bruins, through agent Bill Zito, that he want to play in the NHL next season and has already expressed interest in representing Team USA at the 2014 Olympics in Russia.
Hes told us that hes not going to be here, but that he wants to play next year, said general manager Peter Chiarelli. So well end up suspending him and well be doing it in a non-adversarial way. So hell be on our cap unless we trade him. With the floor as it is at 44 million theres probably not an opportunity to trade him to a team that needs to get to the floor. So were at a standstill right now.
Chiarelli indicated that the Bruins can toll the contract of Thomas if he is suspended for the entire 2013 NHL season, and basically the Bs goaltender will owe the Bruins organization another contracted year of service under the terms that he would have played for the 2012-13 season.
A source indicated to CSNNE.com that Thomas doesnt want to play for any team other than the Bruins if he does return to the NHL. But the two-time Vezina Trophy winning goalie no longer holds any no-trade provisions preventing him from being dealt elsewhere if Chiarelli does opt to toll his contract for next year.
So more drama potentially sits around the corner for Thomas and the Bruins, but this season will be all about a goaltending partnership between Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin. Both young goaltenders will be given a chance to prove they can step up and be the franchise goaltender in Boston while Thomas continues to focus on friends, faith and family.
LONDON -- The New York Giants capitalized on four interceptions of Case Keenum to defeat the Los Angeles Rams 17-10 Sunday in the first NFL game played at London's home of English rugby, a sold-out and raucous Twickenham Stadium.
Keenum, coming off the best start of his career, had the Rams at the Giants' 15-yard line with 50 seconds left when he lobbed a pass in the left corner of the end zone that Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie easily picked off. Keenum's intended target, Brian Quick, failed to get the quarterback's audible and cut off his route early.
Keenum, who finished 32-of-53 for 291 yards and one touchdown, has thrown an interception on the Rams' final offensive play of the last three games. That likely will fuel debate on a potential quarterback change to overall No. 1 draft pick Jared Goff.
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With the NFL facing more PR issues by the day, Randy Moss has identified what he feels is wrong with a league that can’t seem to stay out of trouble.
In wake of the Josh Brown situation, which saw the NFL blame the King County (Wash.) Sheriff’s Office for the lack of initial punishment given to the Giants kicker for domestic violence, Moss said on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown that commissioner Roger Goodell is the league’s biggest problem.
“[This is] a bad time to show up now, breast cancer awareness month where we’re supporting the women, and then you come up with this Josh Brown, where it doesn’t seem like we are supporting women,” Moss said. “I think the NFL needs to take a deep look. I think the owners are mad, and Roger Goodell, he is the biggest reason to all of this stuff that’s fallen downhill with the NFL. I have to agree with that.”
Brown was initially given a one-game suspension for violating the league’s conduct policy stemming from his 2015 fourth-degree domestic violence charge. On Friday, the 37-year-old was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list.