Thomas 'comfortable,' 'at peace' with trade to Islanders


Thomas 'comfortable,' 'at peace' with trade to Islanders

It sounds like Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was in his happy place when notified by general manager Peter Chiarelli about the trade to the New York Islanders.
Chiarelli said it sounded as if he caught the Conn Smythe winner talking his dogs for a walk on his Colorado property when he broke the news to him. The 38-year-old was planning on sitting out the 2013 NHL season regardless of whether he was traded or remained the property of the Bruins, so the news certainly was disturbing enough to send him speeding toward his computer to type up a Facebook post.
I spoke with Tim to make him aware of this trade and he understood. He knew that this was the type of thing that I had talked to him about earlier on in the summer and in the fall, that this could happen, said Chiarelli. He was comfortable with it and he sounded quite at peace with himself. It was a brief conversation, but I just wanted to talk a little bit about Tim because he was an important member of this team.
While some close to Thomas claim that the goalie only wanted to return to the NHL as a member of the Bruins, it will have to be with the New York Islanders or any other team that trades for his rights if he hopes to resume his hockey career as a 39-year-old player coming off a year-long sabbatical. Indications are that Thomas' thoughts haven't changed about sitting out the current season, and his agent told Chiarelli "he's still contemplating the idea of playing next season" while not fully committing to it.
Its highly doubtful that anybody saw things ending this way for Thomas and the Bruins after glorious Stanley Cup heights and some bizarre side turns out of left field, but it just goes down as another page-turning chapter in the book of Tim Thomas. It sounds like the goaltender is perfectly okay with that, however, as he continues his year-long refocus on friends, family and faith far away from the NHL cities of Boston and New York where this registered as news.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.