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Thomas sabbatical complicates Rask signing

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08:31 AM ET 06.04 | The spotlight has now undoubtedly focused on Tuukka Rask in Boston, where No. 1 goalie Tim Thomas confirmed over the weekend, via Facebook, that he'll take next season off. With the absence of Thomas, the B's are expected to go with [Rask] as their No. 1 goalie and Anton Khudobin as the backup. Rask, who like Thomas is represented by agent Bill Zito, is a restricted free agent and would appear to have gained some negotiating leverage with Thomas' decision, though the Bruins could take him to arbitration. Still, going through the often-contentious process of arbitration is probably not the way Chiarelli would like to deal with Rask, who just finished a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

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June 4, 2012  08:33 AM ET

What a mess for the Bees.

June 4, 2012  08:47 AM ET

thanks for taking the year off and leaving the 5 mill cap hit on the books ****..

June 4, 2012  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

thanks for taking the year off and leaving the 5 mill cap hit on the books ****..

still strikes me as odd decision, especially for a 38 year olde golaie
And I wonder how the fact that Rask and Thomas have the same agent really figures into this...

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June 4, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Will Tuukka tuck it to the B's?

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June 4, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I don't think i'll ever quite understand this. I just don't know at all what to make of it.

I cvan make a hat, I can make a brooch...or a pterdactyl...

June 4, 2012  09:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

still strikes me as odd decision, especially for a 38 year olde golaieAnd I wonder how the fact that Rask and Thomas have the same agent really figures into this...

Was thinking the same thing even for the rare ones there isn't usually a whole lot left when you start pushing 40

June 4, 2012  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Was thinking the same thing even for the rare ones there isn't usually a whole lot left when you start pushing 40

and let's face it, at his peak, this guy wasn't exactly brodeur (see Nard....I've never doubted the guy's credentials)

June 4, 2012  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

thanks for taking the year off and leaving the 5 mill cap hit on the books ****..

That's ridiculous. Is there any way the Bs can get his salary off the books?

I don't understand what Timmy is thinking either. At this stage I would think he could just play a season or two and then retire or just retire now. But a one year sabbatical makes no sense.

June 4, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

and let's face it, at his peak, this guy wasn't exactly brodeur (see Nard....I've never doubted the guy's credentials)

And his wife appreciates it very much...

June 4, 2012  09:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That's ridiculous. Is there any way the Bs can get his salary off the books?

The logic in having to take a cap hit escapes me

June 4, 2012  09:33 AM ET

And ..... we are talking about this for the fourth day in a row because of .... why??? Sheeesh!!!

June 4, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

thanks for taking the year off and leaving the 5 mill cap hit on the books ****..

Does His Irkness have any 1st rounders available and ready for the Bruins?

June 4, 2012  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That's ridiculous. Is there any way the Bs can get his salary off the books? I don't understand what Timmy is thinking either. At this stage I would think he could just play a season or two and then retire or just retire now. But a one year sabbatical makes no sense.

Only if they can trade him.

June 4, 2012  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Only if they can trade him.

Who'd want him? His bizarre antics the last six months make Ilya look like the poster boy for mental health.

June 4, 2012  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Only if they can trade him.

Who'd want him? His bizarre antics the last six months make Ilya look like the poster boy for mental health.

June 4, 2012  09:47 AM ET

thomas is nuts if he thinks he is going to make the olympic roster in 2014 pulling this. He is going to have to showcase himself against a half dozen YOUNGER goalies, and it won't be in a bruins sweater. Very selfish and arrogant act that is putting a team that gave him a shot in a big hole. But at least he can go to church and IHOP with his family and friends now every sunday while pocketing that 3 million while doing nothing.

June 4, 2012  10:00 AM ET

And he continues to be a "Team Player".

 
June 4, 2012  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

And he continues to be a "Team Player".

I think he's more of a "Tim" player.

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