Tim Thomas may take a year off

Tim Thomas' career in Boston may be over soon

6/1/12 in NHL   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

April 16, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas (30) follows the puck against the Washington Capitals during the second period of game three of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals at Verizon Center. The Bruins won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIREAccording to ESPN, Tim Thomas may be planning on taking a year off from the NHL, or at least be on the move away from Boston.

The idea of a one-year sabbatical seems bizarre to Thomas, particularly considering the fact that he's 38 years old.

If Thomas takes a year off at this point, that may be viewed as a de facto retirement, and make him a lot less desirable if he returns in 2013.

Then again, great goalies are at a premium, and Thomas has been one of the best in the NHL over the past few years, so it wouldn't be surprising to see another team take a chance.

However, the most realistic scenario seems to be a trade that would ship Thomas out of Boston. His White House snub didn't sit well with a lot of fans in the rather left-leaning Massachusetts area, and the Bruins already have an outstanding young replacement in Tuukka Rask. They can afford to move Thomas, particularly for a decent goal-scorer.

Look for the Bruins to take advantage of Thomas' remaining value and let Rask take over as the #1 goalie. Even if Thomas somehow stays in Boston, there's a chance Rask moves ahead of him on the depth chart anyway.

They've also signed Swedish goalie prospect Niklas Svedberg to a 2-year deal, so if Thomas departs, Svedberg could prove to be a suitable backup after a short time in Providence.

If it's the end of the Tim Thomas era in Boston, then it's been a good run, but the Bruins are probably ready to move on, and most of the fans feel the same way.
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6/2/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I'm guessing the Caps won't sign him.

6/1/12   |   scquwi1   |   1232 respect

Not that I wish him to move on, but as you have stated he is 38. To stay on top at that age is not something you can count on, mind as well let Rask show what he can do.