Boston Bruins

Report: Thomas mulling over sitting out a season


Report: Thomas mulling over sitting out a season

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.
No explanation was given as to Thomas reasoning behind the potential NHL sabbatical. 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.
The Bruins goaltender also befuddled many with his noncommittal comments towards the organization after their playoffs run was over, and noticeably avoided questions about his happiness in Boston and his desire to retire a member of the Bs organization.
Peter Chiarelli had maintained he wasnt inclined to entertain trade offers for his goaltenders during a press conference following their playoff loss to the Washington Capitals, but that would appear very much subject to change given the tumultuous season between player and organization.
Thomas is completely healthy and is signed for one more season at a 5 million salary cap hit with a previous full no-trade clause lifting on July 1. Tuukka Rask is a restricted free agent thats expected to sign with the Bruins, but they have begun stockpiling young goaltenders in recent week with the signing of 22-year-old Swedish goalie Niklas Svedberg.

Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?


Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.