Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas to take a year off
Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas says he’ll sit out next
”At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and
energies into those areas and relationships that I have
neglected,” Thomas said on his Facebook page Sunday. ”That is why
at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is
to reconnect with the three F’s. Friends, Family, and Faith.”
On Friday, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thomas told the
team he was thinking about sitting out a season.
A late bloomer who played in Finland before finally breaking
into an NHL lineup at the age of 32, Thomas emerged as one of the
league’s top goalies when he won the Vezina Trophy in 2009. He won
it again along with the playoff MVP in 2011 while leading Boston to
the Stanley Cup championship.
But he is also an iconoclast who was known to wander far from
the crease in games and occasionally leave his comfort zone off the
ice as well. When the Bruins met President Barack Obama to
celebrate their NHL title, Thomas skipped the White House visit and
issued a political diatribe on his Facebook page as
Chiarelli said Friday that Thomas appeared tired after the
championship season, when he played in 82 games, including every
minute of the longest postseason in Bruins history. He got very
little time off down the stretch this year after backup Tuukka Rask
was injured at the beginning of March.
Chiarelli said Thomas expressed an interest in playing in the
2014 Olympics, which will be two months before he turns 40. But he
is not certain to be picked for the U.S. team over Ryan Miller,
Jonathan Quick, Jimmy Howard or another young American goaltender
who might have emerged by then. Thomas was a member of the U.S.
team in Vancouver, but he did not play on the squad that won the
The Bruins are left with Rask and Anton Khudobin as their top
two goaltenders for next season. Rask has long been projected as a
rising star; he supplanted Thomas as the starter in 2009-10, but
Thomas regained his position the next year and remained there.