While Tim Thomas has remained conspicuously quiet and away from his Facebook page during the entirety of the NHL lockout, the erstwhile Bruins goaltender has made an official appearance as a member of the NHLPA.
According to several sources, the 38-year-old goaltender sat in on one of the NHLPAs recent conference calls discussing the NHL lockout and related players association business. The two-time Vezina Trophy winner kept silent during the conference call, and Thomas has been holed up in his Colorado residence with his family while focusing on friends, faith and family after declaring this summer that he wanted to sit out the 2012-13 NHL season.
As it turns out Thomas had the right idea in mind with the NHL lockout steamrolling the first three months of the regular season and is threatening the entire campaign if the NHL and NHLPA cant come to an agreement on a new CBA. There has been no word on whether Thomas has experienced a change of heart about playing this season should the NHL get underway in January, but its expected the Bruins will look to trade Thomas contract elsewhere rather than soak up his 5 million cap hit.
Its also expected that the Conn Smythe-winning Thomas has already played his final game with the Black and Gold regardless of any further decision about this season.
Thomas finished last season with a 35-19-1 record along with a .920 save percentage and 2.35 goals against average, but faded badly down the stretch into the playoffs. Thomas has reportedly shown interest in playing for Team USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics despite his desire to sit out the 2013 hockey season.
If the contract regulations in the expired CBA carry over into the new agreement, then Thomas current deal with the Bruins will expire if the entire season ends up getting cancelled.
BOSTON - Drew Pomeranz pitched six strong innings and tied his career high with 11 strikeouts to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
Xander Bogaerts and Deven Marrero hit their first home runs of the season helping Boston to their fourth straight win.
Pomeranz (4-3) made it as far as six innings for the third time this season and beat Texas for the first time in nine career outings.
Elvis Andrus homered and Nomar Mazara had two hits and an RBI for Texas, which has lost four of five overall and has lost 15 of 21 on the road.
Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland had RBI singles in the first inning as Boston got to Rangers pitcher Nick Martinez (1-3) early.
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics’ season is officially over following their 135-102 Game 5 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from the game.
He was indeed the ultimate closer once again, leading all players with 35 points on 13-for-18 shooting with eight rebounds and eight assists.
Not the way he would have liked the season to end, but Bradley once again showed great leadership in the face of adversity. He led the Celtics with 23 points on 10-for-20 shooting with four rebounds and an assist.
Boston continued to struggle keeping him from being extremely efficient scoring the ball. He had 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting with seven assists.
Most of his points came early in the game, a trend we saw most of this series with him. He finished with a double-double of 15 points and 11 rebounds along with three assists.
His scoring in the first half was among the keys to Cleveland pulling away and never looking back. He had 14 points for the game on 5-for-6 shooting.
He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (3-for-8 shooting), but you had to love his toughness and rugged play not just in Game 5 but in this entire series. He had 11 points and six rebounds to go with three assists.
They needed him to have a “Game 7 versus Washington” kind of night, and that just never materialized. He had seven points while missing six of his eight shot attempts.
Aside from Game 3 when he made seven 3’s, Smart didn’t maximize his opportunity to be a suitable replacement for the injured Isaiah Thomas. Game 5 was another rough one for Smart who had six points on 2-for-7 shooting with five rebounds and two assists with five turnovers.