Chara on Thomas: 'It's tough news'

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Chara on Thomas: 'It's tough news'

The Bruins' reaction to Tim Thomas potentially stepping away from the team for the entire year has been fairly uniform over the last week. So it was no surprise that B's captain Zdeno Chara took a similarly thoughtful stance when asked about his wayward goaltender.

Chara was on Nite Cap with Josh Rimer, a radio TV show on nextsportstar.com on Thursday night and was queried about the Thomas situation.

I havent had a chance to talk with Timmy yet. It is tough news, but its important to him, said Chara. If he sits out the whole year, thats his decision. We have to respect that.

There are still plenty of if qualifiers bandied about when it comes to Thomas' plans. The 38-year-old goaltender has to yet to officially pronounce himself out for the 2012-13 hockey season despite the rampant reports, and that calls plenty into question.

There was no finality to his infamous Facebook post aside from an earnest message about friendly, family and faith followed by a clumsy ad for the exercise equipment hell be using to stay in shape during his time away from the NHL.

It appears to a man Thomas teammates are being respectful of his personal situation.

But theyre also ready to move on given the uncertainty surrounding his desire to continue playing for the Bruins.

Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

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Morning Skate: Rangers seem to be a strong candidate for Shattenkirk

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.

*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.

*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.

*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.

*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.

*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.

*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.

*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.

*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.

Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

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Saturday, Aug. 27: Adding toughness Habs' priority

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.

*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.

*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.

*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.

*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.

*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.

*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.