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

silver medal.

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.