McQuaid at a loss regarding Thomas

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McQuaid at a loss regarding Thomas

Most of Tim Thomas Bruins teammates had taken a guarded or dispassionate approach to the goalies decision to step away from the team for the 2012-13 hockey season.

The ever-thoughtful Adam McQuaid is no different.

The hard-hitting defenseman was a bit separated from the rest of the Bruins team during the end of the season as he waited for the concussion fog to clear his head, and clearly didnt see the Thomas moving coming.

But then again, who did?

The tough-as-nail blueliner said he was definitely shocked that the 38-year-old two-time Vezina Trophy winner needed to address issues of friends, family and faith rather than focus on his last contracted season with Boston. The goalie may never fully explain his reasoning behind walking away from the team, but his teammates were rightfully giving him the benefit of the doubt until they had more information.

Yeah, its pretty surprising. I dont know what to say. Its easy to judge, but who knows about the finer details, said McQuaid. Im definitely a little shocked.

The move leaves Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin as the starting goaltenders for next season in Boston, and will also leave even greater responsibility to stout defenders in front of the net like McQuaid.

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Wednesday, Jan. 18: Landeskog wants to stay in Colorado

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while thoroughly enjoying Nick Offerman co-hosting on the Today Show this morning.

*Gabriel Landeskog knows his name has been mentioned in trade rumors with teams like the Bruins, but he wants to stay with the Colorado Avalanche.

*The New York Rangers are facing a goalie crisis for the first time in 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to show signs of hockey mortality.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the New York Islanders seeking to speak with fired Florida coach Gerard Gallant about their new opening after firing Jack Capuano.

*Ondrej Pavelec has been brought back from the AHL to Winnipeg to rescue the Jets from their goaltending situation, and he wants to stay for as long as he can.

*Rene Bourque has reached the 700 game mark in his NHL career with the Colorado Avalanche, and he hopes to keep it going.

*Young star Jack Eichel’s hunger for greatness could certainly lend itself to a leadership role with the Buffalo Sabres

*For something completely different: Hollywood is thinking of rebooting “White Men Can’t Jump” and this is simply the worst idea ever. I’d rather watch a movie with Woody and Snipes 25 years later than a lame reboot.