Here’s one from Pierre Lebrun of ESPN and TSN that will make you scratch your head.
On the “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, the veteran writer/broadcaster reported the following with regards to what he’s been told about Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas:
“Among the other options I’m told that Tim Thomas is considering is maybe not playing next season,” LeBrun said. “Again, I’m not saying that it’s gonna happen for sure, but I was told today that he’s thinking about maybe taking the year off.”
Thomas is due to make $3 million this season and hit the Bruins or any NHL team’s salary cap at $5 million in the last year of the four-year deal he signed. Reportedly his no-trade clause expires July 1. Lebrun didn’t expand upon Thomas’ reasoning except to point out the stressfulness of the 2011-12 season for Thomas. Here’s a link to the TSN video.
If Thomas were to sit out, the Bruins would retain his rights until he completed the final year of his contract. Considering he turned 38 in April, it’d be hard to believe Thomas could take an entire season off and then come back at the level he’s played the last couple years.
But the Bruins are seemingly covered should Thomas decide to spectate, as they have Tuukka Rask (a restricted free agent) under their control, plus Anton Khudobin and recently signed Niklas Svedberg at their disposal.