Thomas/By S. Bradley

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli stressed today during his meeting with the media in Los Angeles that goaltender Tim Thomas has not been asked to be moved despite him being relegated to No. 2 status behind Tuukka Rask.

“Tim, in no way, has ever asked to be traded,” Chiarelli said. “Tim wants to be a Boston Bruin. What I did was I talked to (agent) Bill (Zito) at some point after the season. I said, ‘Bill, look. We’re in a position here that there will be some teams coming forward and will ask about Tim.’ I said, ‘At some point, if deals become realistic, you and I have to work together. Tim and his family, we all have to work together, completely transparent. Let me give you an e-mail giving permission to talk to these teams if they call you.’ That’s all it was. There’s no overt effort to trade Tim. There’s no request by Tim. Tim wants to be a Boston Bruin.”

Meanwhile, Chiarelli still said he doesn’t expect a deal to be done with Edmonton to flip No. 1 and 2, or to move No. 2 for players and other picks. He told writer Pierre Lebrun this:

“I spoke with Steve this morning and I told him what I told him before: that we’re not in a position to make a significant offer to allow us to pick the player we want in the first two picks. But he inquired about trading for the second pick and I have to give him credit. He’s been really persistent in trying to get that pick. But I told him, as I’ve been telling everyone else, that I’m not moving the second pick.”