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Chiarelli admits 'nothing has changed' with Thomas


Chiarelli admits 'nothing has changed' with Thomas

Peter Chiarelli hasnt seen the Facebook post where Tim Thomas attempted to explain his reasoning behind taking the season off.
Perhaps the general manager hasnt been accepted by the idealistic goaltender as a Facebook friend, but more likely Chiarelli really doesnt need to hear a message thats already been delivered to the Bruins.
The friends, family and faith message from Thomas is one that the Bs front office is clearly well aware of.
I havent seen his infamous Facebook post. Im aware of it, said Chiarelli. Ive talked to his agent in the last little bit, and nothing has changed. If youre asking me, Has he clarified that hes not playing for the year... hes stated that through his agent that hes not playing for the year.
I guess thats where that stands. But nothing has really changed since the last time I spoke to the media.
Chiarelli got the message loud and clear from Thomas agent Bill Zito that the 38-year-old goaltender didnt intend to play in the 2012-13 season, and would instead work out on his own in his new home state of Colorado. Nothing has changed in Chiarellis mind when it comes to the status of Thomas, but he did admit that the curious decision by the two-time Vezina Trophy winner did change their offseason strategy plan.
Im operating under the premise that our goalies will be Tuukka (Rask) and Anton (Khudobin), so yeah it will have an impact because Tim wont be playing for us. There is a whole Im not going to tell you everything but there are a whole host of things that trickle down from that one event.
In the short answer, yes Thomas walking for the year has had an impact.
The greatest impact appears to be a renewed stress on keeping together rest of the Bruins team around their young goaltender, and fielding a balanced hockey club capable of playing effective offense and responsible defense in front of goaltenders that are going to need a little help at times.

Morning Skate: Kassian completes transition from villain to hero for Oilers


Morning Skate: Kassian completes transition from villain to hero for Oilers

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that US democracy still works even there are extreme factors that our founding fathers couldn’t possibly have imagined. 


*Edmonton Oilers reclamation project Zack Kassian continues his journey from villain to hero in the eyes of the Oil Faithful. 


*Old warrior Chris Neil is weighing NHL offers right now along with a number of other older veterans still waiting for the right situation to present itself for next season. Many of these veterans are probably going to have to report to training camps on tryout agreements and beat out younger players for jobs, and that may be exactly what happens with a grizzled, tough old bird like Neil. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bruins bring in a veteran or two on PTO agreements in camp, and that could be the ultimate fate for guys like Neil, Jarome Iginla, Shane Doan and even Thomas Vanek. 


*The Vegas Golden Knights are still looking to inspire with a developing locker room message as their maiden voyage still awaits this season. 


*PHT writer James O’Brien has longtime Habs defenseman Andrei Markov leaving for the KHL after he couldn’t come to an agreement to stay in Montreal with the Canadiens. 


*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ryan Kennedy has a prospects mailbag at this quiet point in the summer, and he’s very, very high on Chicago Blackhawks prospect Alex Debrincat. 


*The Hockey News details why somebody needs to step up and sign the legendary Jaromir Jagr as one of the aforementioned veteran forwards still looking for a job. 


*For something completely different: Solid Steve Lattimer reference in this Pro Football Talk story about performance enhancing drugs. 

Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality


Morning Skate: Star players must get more involved in CBA negotiations to make Olympics a reality

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling that we’re just now learning about the massive rap skills of the brotherly duo of Andrew and Pete Frates. 


*Ken Campbell from the Hockey News says that if influential players, like Connor McDavid, want to go to the Olympics then they need to get more involved in the CBA negotiations


*Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shows what a class act he is by taking the Stanley Cup to a children’s hospital in Montreal.


*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Minnesota Wild looking to find long term deals for both restricted free agents Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter. That was pretty clear when they chose to deal off Marco Scandella in order to clear up some cap space to afford both of them. 


*The Edmonton Oilers are going to face higher expectations for next season, and are willing to embrace that kind of pressure.


*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance wonders aloud whether there will be any offer sheets coming for restricted free agents. I appreciate Craig wanting to add a little more intrigue to the NHL’s offseason, but it isn’t going to happen as long as GMs are treated like they have small pox once they go that route with an offer sheet. Take a look at the future job prospects for general managers that went with offer sheets in the past, and you’ll see why GMs simply don’t do them. This is why the Bruins are uncomfortable with David Pastrnak sitting unsigned as a restricted free agent, but not overly concerned that he’s going to sign a mega-offer sheet elsewhere.  


*The CCM hockey brand is apparently changing hands from its former home at Adidas


*For something completely different: Speaking of Pete Frates, MLB has announced a fundraising drive for ALS research in his name.