It appears that Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli is looking for a little help in moving goaltender Tim Thomas and his $5 million per year contract (for three more years) out of Boston.

UPDATE: ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun spoke with Thomas’ agent Bill Zito today.

“I do have permission to talk to teams,” Zito told ESPN.com on Thursday afternoon. “But I’m not pounding the pavement looking for a team.”

Zito then continued:

“What we agreed to with [Chiarelli] is that he would see what’s out there. Tim said he would look at whatever Pete brought to us and decide from there. But Pete hasn’t brought anything to us at this point. I guess that could change at any point though.”

I believe TSN’s Darren Dreger and NESN’s James Murphy first reported that Zito had been granted permission to talk to other teams about a potential deal.

Obviously, teams want to make sure that Thomas will be 100 percent healthy after he underwent hip surgery in May and Thomas’ camp wants to know if he’ll get to be a No. 1 goaltender while trying to regain his Vezina Trophy-winning form.

If the Bruins were able to move Thomas, they would be able to allocate the cap space to re-sign a couple more of their free agents and search for an upgrade from elsewhere.