Tim Thomas has other plans


Tim Thomas has other plans

As youve heard by now, according to a report by TSN, Tim Thomas might sit out the 2012-2013 NHL season. And while its still very early in the information gathering process, I have it on good authority that Thomas has already begun considering how hell spend his year away from the game.

And at this point, hes narrowed it down to five finalists:

1. Launch an Internet talk show called No Further Questions, in which Thomas will speak freely on the topics of the day everything from sports to politics to finance to weather before opening the lines up to questions from the audience.

But heres the catch: All calls are met with Thomas soon-to-be-trademarked catch phrase No Further Questions! followed by a dial tone and raucous laughter from listeners across the net.

2. Create a new sports media blog entitled Hacks at Haggs, in which hell dissect and eviscerate the musings of the Boston media, a la Fire Joe Morgan. Heres a sample:

NEWARK, NJ Adding another level of intrigue to the offseason of Tim Thomas, the Bruins goaltender is apparently considering sitting out the entire 2012-13 season according to a TSN report.

Intrigue? More like outrigue! Ha.

No explanation was given as to Thomas reasoning behind the potential NHL sabbatical.

Thats because Tim Thomas need not provide you vultures with explanation andor reasoning! That is my RIGHT.

CSNNE.com reported that Thomas moved his family from the suburbs of Boston to the Colorado Springs, Colorado area midway through this past season a departure after Thomas had previously made his permanent home in Boston.


3. Make a late run at the presidency: In this scenario, Thomas would run as write-in candidate for the independent ME party, and on the platform that: The Federal government has grown out of control, threatening the Rights, Liberties, and Property of the People. The only thing holding him back is that even in victory Thomas would remain firm in his refusal to make an appearance at the White House.

4. Ride the bus all day in full uniform and pads, saving seats for old ladies. Every time one of them accepts a seat, hell whisper gently in her ear: Do you know that a billion dollar insurance company once paid me hundred of thousands of dollars to pretend to do this for five minutes? What a horrible country

5. Facebook

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Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 


Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.