Krejci: Nobody knew what was going on in Thomas' head

Krejci: Nobody knew what was going on in Thomas' head
October 17, 2013, 2:15 pm
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SUNRISE, FL – With Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask locked into Thursday night’s matchup at the BB&T Center, it was another round of Timmy Talk in the dressing rooms for both Florida and Boston. The 39-year-old goaltender has opted to reserve comment until after Thursday night’s outcome, but former teammates and new teammates alike chimed in on the Conn Smythe winner’s first game against the B’s team he won the Cup with three years ago.

“At the end of his career in Boston, we all know what happened with the White House and all those things, so after that it was kind of tough to read his mind,” said Krejci, following Thursday’s morning skate. “No one knew what was going on in his head. It was kind of surprising, his decision, but you’ve got to respect it. He had his reasons. It’s his life, so I don’t want to comment on his life.”

Thursday night will be his first time trying to prove a point against a group of former Boston teammates that are still a little mystified about how things ended with the Bruins organization. Within one season he skipped a team-wide Cup celebration at the White House with President Barack Obama, and then opted to walk out on the team after a first round playoff exit against the Washington Capitals.

Krejci was asked his thoughts on a quote from Tyler Seguin, where he admitted there was a “bitter taste in the mouths of Bruins players” when Thomas walked away from the team. Krejci supplied more of his trademark, unflinching honesty when asked if he was angry when Thomas decided to sit out the lockout-shortened season to reconnect with “Friends, Faith and Family.”

“Not me. Maybe [there was bitterness for] some players. Obviously, we were a little surprised he didn’t show up for the [White House] event. But it is what it is. We didn’t talk about it in the room,” said Krejci. “It was better for our team not to talk about it. So that’s what we did and it was never brought up again.

“I never talked about his business off the ice, or what were in his plans. Everybody is allowed to have their own opinions.  I believe that once you leave the team and the next year they go to the Stanley Cup Final, it’s probably a little bitter. But it is what it is. He made a decision to come back, and he’s back. For us he’s not our teammate anymore. We’ll take him as our enemy and try to beat him.”

It should be fun television watching Thomas view the Bruins as an enemy hockey club, and vice versa with any Bruins players still harboring residual feelings for their once great goaltender.