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[Report] Tim Thomas May Take Next Season Off

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According to a report, Boston Bruins starting goalie Tim Thomas may be contemplating taking off the 2012-13 season.

ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reported Thursday night that Thomas was contemplating the idea of a sabbatical for next season.

According to the Boston Globe, who also reported the story, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli will comment Friday on the situation.

Thomas has one-year left on his current deal. The no-movement clause that is a part of the deal, however, expires July 1. Thomas carries a $5 million cap hit for 2012-13.

This latest report continues a strange year for the 38-year-old Thomas, who received criticism for skipping the team's visit to the White House to celebrate the team's 2011 Stanley Cup title. After the team was knocked out of this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs in a seven-game loss to Washington in the first round, the 38-year-old Thomas was non-committal about his future in Boston.

But, this decision, if true, would be even stranger. Thomas is in solid health this offseason, as opposed to last summer when hip surgery slowed his preparation for the season and put him in a position to have to win back the starting job during the 2010-11 season.

Plus, Thomas is coming off another strong campaign. He went 35-19-1 with a 2.36 GAA and a .920 save percentage during the regular season. In the playoffs, he had a 2.14 GAA and a .923 save percentage.

The Bruins also have to worry about Tuukka Rask, their backup goalie who is ready to take on a bigger role. Rask becomes a restricted free agent on July 1, but the Bruins have every intention of re-signing the No. 1 in waiting.

Rask went 11-8-3 with a 2.05 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season, but did not play again after suffer a lower-body injury on March 3.

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Maybe he's dealing with personal issues, maybe family issues?

Maybe the passion and drive isn't there anymore?

It could be any reason, not need to label him a weirdo is there?

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Luongo for Chara ::D

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Maybe he's dealing with personal issues, maybe family issues?

Maybe the passion and drive isn't there anymore?

It could be any reason, not need to label him a weirdo is there?

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Maybe he has a good reason, maybe he is a weirdo, maybe it's both.

Regardless of that, I have other reasons to call him a weirdo after all his shenanigans this season.

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I guess it's finally time for Tuuka Rask to get his oppurtunity. If I were Thomas I'd just retire though... Why take a year off at age 38? Seems pointless. Retire now, you have your Stanley Cup anyway..

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Seems odd to be taking a year off at 38 years old when every year now could be his last already.

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http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/bruins/post/_/id/9914/should-bruins-trade-tim-thomas

A source close to Thomas later confirmed his thinking to ESPNBoston.com and also said that Thomas had brought this idea up on more than one occasion over the course of the 2011-12 season. The source also said that Thomas moved his family to Colorado last fall because he wants to live there when he retires, and the motive behind taking a season off would be to train there for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Thomas was a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic hockey team.
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Maybe he just needs his tires pumped up?

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"Buh-bye, Hall of Fame!"

Who am i kidding. Most Bruins get in the hall. But maybe these strange actions will sour the impression they have on him. Cheers.

TOML

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Here's some tweets from Kevin Dupont of the Boston Globe...

Chiarelli just addressed the media in Boston.

Kevin Paul Dupont@GlobeKPD

During conference call just completed, Chiarelli makes it sound a fait accompli that Thomas will not play in '12-'13.

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I can't even comprehend some of the things this guy does.

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I love the idea of $5 million in cap space being wasted on a player who will be sitting at home all year...

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I wonder how different the reaction would be here if it were one of the Sedins or Burrows taking a year off and citing family as the reason.

I know, I'm asking way too much from CDC.

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