If there was ever one player in the NHL whom I thought wouldn't do that, it would be Thomas. It would be a huge huge surprise if that were the reason. The guy loves the game, and again, he's worked his ass off just to get in the NHL. With everything he went through just to get here, everything he sacrificed, that his parents did, I can't see it. I'd think he'd look at a trade as a challenge if anything, and just another opportunity to prove the doubters wrong.
Some things are more important than hockey. Even the $ 3 million he'd be giving up
I'm sure Haggs will write a story about it tomorrow, tying it back to Thomas' political beliefs...
I would tend to think that if he is considering taking time off, it must be something pretty serious in his life outside of hockey that's influencing his decision. If that's the case, I wish him and his family the best.
Really? That's absolute *********. You have a contract to fulfill. You have a team that counts on you.
You also have a cap hit that you're just willing to stick with the team and not play?
**** that ****.
Thomas won't do that, but if he ever did, I wouldn't hesitate to put him up there with some of the biggest D-bags in Boston sports.
I concur with OOG's comments and will await clarification on Timmy's reasoning if indeed he were to take a year off.
Many a CEO / politician has departed their companies / constituents to spend the proverbial " more time with the family". In many cases, the reasons were valid. Let's never lose sight that one's family is more important than any career or soon there may be no family.
Lebrun is usually pretty accurate. Whatever Thomas' reasons for this, it is the worst possible thing for his trade value.
I'd think it has to be either a family issue, otherwise he's screwing with PC and throwing a wrench into his trade value on purpose by floating this story out there. Since that doesn't seem like something Thomas would do, I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt.
For the record, if you think the Bruins owe nothing to Tim Thomas, and this is a business first and foremost (completely fine! not judging, I even kind of agree a little), then you can't fault him if he is floating this to hurt his trade value.
Maybe he wants to stay, so he is trying to help himself.
LeBrun: We know the Boston Bruins may potentially try and trade goaltender Tim Thomas when his no-trade clause evaporates on July 1 but among the other options I'm told Tim Thomas is considering is maybe not playing next season. I'm not saying that's going to happen for sure but I was told today that he's thinking about maybe taking the year off. It's been a stressful year for the 38-year-old, we all know about the White House controversy, and the Bruins have a #1 goalie-in-waiting in Tuukka Rask.
I thought a suspension tolls the cap hit and the contract.
i.e. The player is obligated to come back and fulfill the terms of the contract he signed- and until he does, the whole thing doesn't count.
The Islanders did it with Nabakov, St.Louis did it with Soderberg and Nashville did it with Radulov. They suspended those guys and so there was no cap hit while the players stayed away, the years didn't even tick off their contracts until they returned and played in the NHL, or the suspension was lifted.
The CBA says that a suspended player's salary "shall not count against a Club's Upper Limit", yet it then says, "but the Club must have Payroll room for such player's salary and bonuses".
But really, I doubt he'd be suspended. They'd work something out or he'd "retire" (which would suck for the B's because his cap hit would stay on) and then come back a year later.