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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Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch


Spooner responds positively to healthy scratch

BOSTON -- It wasn’t perfect by any means, but Saturday night represented a step in a positive direction for Ryan Spooner.

The 24-year-old speedy forward was scratched for the home opener against New Jersey in classic message-sending fashion by Bruins coach Claude Julien, and deserved it based on a passive lack of production combined with some costly mistakes as well. So he stayed quiet, put in the work and then returned to the lineup Saturday vs. the Montreal Canadiens where he scored a power play goal in the 4-2 loss to the Habs at TD Garden.

“He was better,” agreed Claude Julien. “He was better tonight.”

Spooner could have had even more as he got a couple of great scoring chances in the first period vs. Montreal, but Carey Price was able to turn away a couple of free looks at the Montreal net. So the Bruins forward felt he possibly left points on the ice after it was all said and done, but also clearly played his best game of the young season after going from the press box back to the lineup.

“Yeah, I had like maybe four or five [chances] that I could have scored on,” said Spooner. “I’ve just got to bear down on those [scoring opportunities], and a lot [of them] in the first period. It’s good that I’m getting those looks, but I have to score on them.

“I’m just going to go out there and just try to play. I can’t really think about [fighting to hold a spot]. I’ve just got to go out there and try to play, I guess, the game I can and try to use the speed that I have.”

The Spooner power play strike was a nifty one with the shifty forward and David Backes connecting on a pass across the front of the net, and the young B’s forward showing the necessary assertiveness cutting to the net from his half-wall position.

Spooner had five shot attempts overall in the game, and was one of the few Bruins players really getting the chances they wanted against a pretty effective Montreal defensive group. Now it’s a matter of Spooner, along with linemates Backes and David Krejci, scoring during 5-on-5 play and giving the Bruins a little more offensive balance after riding Boston’s top line very hard during the regular season’s first couple of weeks. 

Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils


Sunday, Oct. 23: Hall fitting in with Devils

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while waiting to find out which Walking Dead character got brained by Lucille in last season’s cliffhanger. I’m going with Abraham.

*The SI roundtable talks about the future of Jacob Trouba, and where he’ll end up going when his current situation resolves itself.

*P.K. Subban is apparently getting very comfortable in Nashville, and enjoying life in a city with NFL football.

*Fun conversation between Yahoo’s Josh Cooper and Brad Marchand about a whole range of random topics.

*A cool father-son story where they became the goaltending tandem for the Ontario Reign through a series of dominoes falling after Jonathan Quick went down with injury for the Los Angeles Kings.

*Pro Hockey Talk has Taylor Hall serving as exactly what the New Jersey Devils have needed for the last couple of years.

*For something completely different: FOH (Friend of Haggs) Dan Shaughnessy says that the MLB playoffs couldn’t have played out any worse for the Boston Red Sox.