Last night around 9pm EST, NESN reported that Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas was thinking about taking the 2012-2013 season off. Mid-way through the season this year, Thomas moved his family to Colorado after reportedly settling down in Boston.
He also avoided any discussion post-season as to sticking around in Boston for the next season. According to CSNNE’s reporter Joe Haggerty:
His move to the more politically conservative state of Colorado might explain why Thomas has been so noncommittal when asked about retiring as a Bruin. He also wasn’t very forthcoming in declaring his happiness as a member of the Bruins organization after the team fell to the Washington Capitals in the first round of the playoffs this season.(via CSNNE.com)
While his move doesn’t necessarily mean that he is seeking other places to play or confirm the rumors of trades once his no-trade clause is up July 1, they don’t make the future as a Bruin look bright either. The status of his whereabouts for the 2012-2013 season remains in Boston for the moment, but there is no timetable as to how long it will remain.
When GM Peter Chiarelli was asked about Thomas in this afternoon’s presser regarding Paille and Bourque’s signing he sounded “very uncomfortable” according to the Bruins reporter Jim Murphy where Chiarelli stated:
“I’d be more than satisfied with Tuukka [Rask] and Khudobin as our goaltenders…”(via @NHL Bruins/Twitter)
While we all remain surprised at this information, including the Bruins organization, the fact remains that it is Thomas’ decision and we have to respect that. Hopefully we will still see him in black and yellow come September, but we will have to wait and see.
DISCUSSION: If Thomas takes the 2012-2013 season off, what do you think he will do?