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01-13-2013, 01:48 PM
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As anticipated, the Boston Bruins will suspend goaltender Tim Thomas on Monday, according to general manager Peter Chiarelli.

Thomas informed the Bruins last June that he would sit out the 2012-2013 season to spend more time with his family. Last week, Chiarelli spoke with Thomas' agent, Bill Zito, and was told that the goalie still is going to sit out the season, but wants to play next season, though it was unclear if that meant he would consider returning to the Bruins. "We'll end up suspending him and we want to do it in a non-adversarial way," Chiarelli said. "I've talked to the agent and we'll agree to some type of set of facts and remedies and that'll be it. So he will be on our cap, unless I trade him."

Because the Bruins signed Thomas to a guaranteed contract after the age of 35, he will still count against their salary cap even if he's suspended and the Bruins don't have to pay him.

"With the floor as it is, $44 million for this year, there's probably not the opportunity to move him to a team that needs to get to the floor, so it's a bit of a standstill. He's on our cap and he'll be suspended."

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