Thomas quiet on 'personal' comments at practice

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Thomas quiet on 'personal' comments at practice

WILMINGTON -- Tim Thomas is pleading the fifth, so he says.

That's the Bruins' goaltender's reason for not answering questions about his latest Facebook comments, directed towards religious freedom.

"That's my personal life," said Thomas after Thursday's practice. "It has absolutely nothing to do with the Bruins or hockey. I'm going to use my right to remain silent."

Thomas was pressed on the issue while standing in front of his stall at Ristuccia Arena, and was even reminded that Facebook was a public forum.

"You have the right to ask the question, but I have the right to not answer the question," said Thomas.

"This is my job," he added. "Facebook is my personal life. That's why. If you guys don't understand the difference between an individual and what they do as a job, or an athlete and his personal life, then I think there's a problem.

"I don't think that when you become an athlete, that you sign away your right to be an individual and to have your own views and to be able to post something on Facebook if you'd like."

Thomas ended up walking away from the questions by saying "I'm out, peace" when asked if he regretted posting the comment to Facebook.

Bruins coach Claude Julien spoke after Thomas, and said it hasn't and won't be a distraction to the team. Still, Julien admitted that he hadn't heard anybody in the organization say they support Thomas' opinions.

"I don't think I've heard anybody, starting from our owner to management to coaches and players, I don't think I've heard anybody support his opinions," said Julien. "But I've heard everybody say we support him as a player, and we do.

"We've got good team chemistry in that dressing room," added Julien. "We don't mix politics with our hockey team, and that continues to happen . . . I assure you that there's no issues in the dressing room, there never will be."

Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

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Griff Whalen practicing for Patriots, wearing No. 14

FOXBORO -- The Patriots took to the practice field behind Gillette Stadium on Friday with all but one player. 

Wideout Danny Amendola was the only player not present at the session. Newly-acquired receiver Griff Whalen was present and wearing No. 14. 

Safety Jordan Richards was back on the practice field for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Jets in Week 12. Martellus Bennett (ankle/shoulder), Elandon Roberts (hamstring), Eric Rowe (hamstring) and Matthew Slater (foot) were all limited in practice on Thursday, but were on the field Friday.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good.