05:32 AM ET 06.03 | NHL netminder Tim Thomas is one of the more interesting characters in hockey, but it looks like his career might not yet be over. According to CBC reporter Elliotte Friedman, the former Boston Bruins netminder may attempt a comeback next season after deciding to sit out the entirety of the lockout-shortened season. If Thomas does return, the move would immediately affect the New York Islanders. New York still owns his rights so if he came back it wouldn't be a situation where he hit free agency, as he'd have to get permission from the Isles for a formal release if he wanted to find work elsewhere in the NHL. But Thomas may just avoid the NHL altogether as Friedman said his sources indicated Thomas may want to head to Europe to play next season. Although he's an American player born in Michigan, Thomas had great success in the Finnish League before he made his transition over to the NHL with the Bruins.