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Bruins have backup plan if Thomas sits

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10:00 AM ET 06.02 | Peter Chiarelli said there is no timetable on a definitive answer from Ti Thomas on whether he will play next season, but the Bruins GM is planning on the latter. "Right now I'm operating under the probability that he'll take the year off and we'll have to operate without Tim Thomas," Chiarelli said. "I'm a little disappointed - more than a little. But these things happen and you've got to deal with them. When someone talks about their family, you've got to respect it." Chiarelli said Thomas has spoken of being tired after recent seasons, and also wishing to spend more time with his family. He doesn't believe Thomas has any "mischievous" motives in this - like seeking a contract extension or trade - and he has seen other aging stars make similar decisions on stepping away from the game. He said Thomas expressed an interest in training for and playing in the 2014 Olympics. Chiarelli said if Thomas follows through on this, he will suspend the goalie - likely for the entire season - as the B's go with a probable Tuukka Rask/Anton Khudobin pair.

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June 2, 2012  10:09 AM ET

Warmed over leftovers alert!

June 2, 2012  10:24 AM ET

Bruins have backup plan if Thomas sits

Removing the urinals?

June 2, 2012  11:06 AM ET

"Thomas expressed an interest in training for and playing in the 2014 Olympics"

He's not the best American.

June 2, 2012  11:06 AM ET

It's official , Thomas has now passed Curt Schilling as the biggest goof who has played sports in the Boston area.

June 2, 2012  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Warmed over leftovers alert!

He should be tossed like most leftovers.

June 2, 2012  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Bruins have backup plan if Thomas sitsRemoving the urinals?

He is a sitter for sure.

June 2, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Bruins have backup plan if Thomas sitsRemoving the urinals?

I think he's thinking of pissing the rest of his life away!

June 2, 2012  11:33 AM ET

As the old saying goes, there's no "I" in team, but there sure is in "Tim".

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June 2, 2012  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You obviously know nothing about the long and storied history of goofs in Boston sports.

If Thomas keeps this up he just may make it to the top!

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June 2, 2012  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

He should be tossed like most leftovers.

Hey, the Oilers sure could use his kind of leftovers. I'll take him over Khabivodka in a heart beat!

June 2, 2012  12:23 PM ET
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As the old saying goes, there's no "I" in team, but there sure is in "Tim".

Wouldn't the Jackets like to get their hands on a selfish guy like Tim Thomas at about now!

June 2, 2012  12:32 PM ET

I think Chiarelli more or less has to plan on Thomas not being there. If he is no problem, but he's got to have something in place if he sits out. I can also understand where Thomas is coming from. He's starting to get up there, it was a long season and he is probably having some doubts about whether he really wants to do this anymore. If the guy was halfway sensible with his money he probably has enough to live on for the rest of his life. He has his name on the Cup so why would he want to put himself through all that nonsense again?

June 2, 2012  12:35 PM ET
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Hey, the Oilers sure could use his kind of leftovers. I'll take him over Khabivodka in a heart beat!

You forget Roamer, at one point in Thomas's career he was an Oiler. Thomas might have a year or two left but the Oilers and the Bruins don't need his side show.

June 2, 2012  12:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You obviously know nothing about the long and storied history of goofs in Boston sports.

There is a few on the goof list but Thomas is at the top.

June 2, 2012  12:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I think Chiarelli more or less has to plan on Thomas not being there. If he is no problem, but he's got to have something in place if he sits out. I can also understand where Thomas is coming from. He's starting to get up there, it was a long season and he is probably having some doubts about whether he really wants to do this anymore. If the guy was halfway sensible with his money he probably has enough to live on for the rest of his life. He has his name on the Cup so why would he want to put himself through all that nonsense again?

I agree. He's been there, done that, and he's getting older. I just hope he doesn't get into politics

June 2, 2012  01:08 PM ET

This is Thomas trying to control where he goes after July 1. Effectively destroying what trade value he had in the process.

Chiarelli should send him down to Providence (or Europe), before the new CBA doesn't allow hiding cap hits there.

I hope for Quick's sake that this isn't the new trend- Cup winning goalies going bonkers and committing career suicide within a few years of winning.

 
June 2, 2012  01:20 PM ET
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"Thomas expressed an interest in training for and playing in the 2014 Olympics"He's not the best American.

Who does he think he'll be competing against, other 40-year-old goalies.

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