Tim Thomas has other plans

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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.

Faaaaaaaaart!

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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Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Saturday, Jan. 21: McKenzie on Julien's job security

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while proud of my wife and daughter participating in today’s Women’s March.

*This is from a few days ago, but Bob McKenzie weighing in on the prospects for Claude Julien and his job security is always worth checking out.  

*The New York Rangers have themselves a rookie named Pavel that’s doing a pretty darned good job for the Blueshirts.

*What should the St. Louis Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk as the trade deadline approaches and the seven-year, $49 million contract waiting for him in free agency is pretty daunting?

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Allen has a list of underperforming NHL stars, including Jamie Benn and Jonathan Toews, that may have been impacted by the World Cup of Hockey. Certainly Patrice Bergeron could have made this list as well.

*Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling may be earning some more playing time after the way he performed against the Bruins, according to Pro Hockey Talk.

*Good news with Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson set to return to the team in a couple of weeks after tending to his wife in a battle against cancer.

*The struggles of Anthony Duclair with the Arizona Coyotes mirror the team’s issues this season as well. It’s interesting that Duclair has popped up in trade rumors with the Desert Dogs this season.

*For something completely different: the final Wolverine movie with Hugh Jackman is going to be extremely emotional with its characters.


 

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

Both Millers missing from Bruins practice, but trending toward return

BRIGHTON, Mass – While both Kevan Miller and Colin Miller were missing from Bruins practice on Saturday morning, both injured Bruins defensemen could be rejoining the team soon.

Colin Miller skated on his own prior to Saturday’s team practice at Warrior Ice Arena for the second or third time since suffering a lower body injury in the win over the St. Louis Blues. Claude Julien said his presence on the ice was proof that the puck-moving defenseman is “definitely on the mend”, and could be nearing a return to practice soon with Sunday marking the sixth straight game that he’ll have missed.

Kevan Miller is out with a concussion suffered last weekend in the win over the Philadelphia Flyers, and the B’s current three-game losing streak has coincided with his absence from the lineup.

Julien said Miller has actually been away from the team for the last couple of days while dealing with a virus, and that his recovery from the concussion symptoms was good prior to being knocked down by the illness.

“Kevan was actually feeling really well and then he got hit by a virus that’s kept him in bed for the last two days,” said Julien. “It’s nothing to do with his original injury. There was a possibility he could have been ready very soon, but that’s set him back a bit.”

Both are obviously out for Sunday’s matinee against the Penguins, but a return to practice at some point next week seems like a good bet for both players. Here are the line combos and defense pairings from Saturday’s practice with the Bruins focusing on getting a good result in Pittsburgh with the hockey club on a “mom’s trip” with 22 of the players’ mothers traveling with the team to and from the game:

Marchand-Bergeron-Vatrano

Schaller-Krejci-Pastrnak

Spooner-Nash-Backes/Hayes

Blidh/Beleskey-Moore-Czarnik

 

Chara-Carlo

Krug-McQuaid

Morrow-Liles

 

Rask

McIntyre