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.
The New England Patriots have announced that they've released defensive tackle Darius Kilgo.
The move creates an opening for wide receiver Griff Whalen, who they have reportedly signed to a one-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Kilgo, a sixth-round pick out of Maryland in 2015, did not make an appearance for the Patriots after being claimed off waivers from the Broncos last week. He played 81 snaps for Denver this season.
Whalen, 26, played in two games for San Diego in 2016 where he caught two passes for a total of 22 yards.
The former Colts wideout is perhaps best remembered in New England for his part in Indianapolis' disastrous fake punt against the Patriots last season.
WALTHAM, Mass. – The Celtics are about to hit one of the toughest stretches of the season and they’ll have to do it for at least one more game without their leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas.
Thomas, who suffered a right groin injury on Monday against the Houston Rockets, did not play on Wednesday against Orlando and said that he will not play in Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors.
“It’s day to day. I want to play. I want to be out there but it’s the smart decision to hold out and wait until it’s 100 percent,” Thomas said during a Season of Giving event for children of the Military Friends Foundation held at the Celtics’ practice facility. “If it was a playoff game I would be out there for sure.”
However, after consulting with a number of medical personnel, Thomas decided the best thing for him and the Celtics was to sit out Friday’s game which, along with Wednesday in Orlando, will be the first two he has missed since the 2014-2015 season.
Thomas said there’s no specific timetable for his return, but he said he is planning to travel with the team to Oklahoma City for their matchup against the Thunder on Sunday.
“It’s eating me a live to sit, but I have to do what’s best for my body, I have to do what’s best for this team,” Thomas said. “I need to be 100 percent healthy to give this team what I can give them.”
The Celtics are hoping for similar success they had Wednesday in Orlando (a 117-87 victory) on Friday against Toronto.
“They played a hell of a game last night,” Thomas said. “They’ll be ready tomorrow.”
The fact that Thomas intends to travel with the team is a good sign that the groin injury isn’t too serious.
If he doesn’t play at Oklahoma City, that likely means he’ll return to action on Wednesday at San Antonio.
“I’m going to do what I can to get back out there on the court,” Thomas said. “I gotta be smart about this. I don’t want this to linger on this season.”
Replacing Smart in the lineup against Toronto will most likely be Marcus Smart.
Smart, who has been a replacement starter at small forward and point guard this season, had 13 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Magic.