It sucks that the NHL can't make exceptions and whatnot for this, because it is stupid that real life occurrences that matter far more than a sport will cost the Bruins team $5 mil in cap hit, or else they have to "trade" the guy who won them their first Cup in forever; and likely add to Timmy just to get a team to "take" him.
I called it in early February. Timmy's focus just wasn't there. You could see it in his play and his comments about the lights in NY pretty much screamed "My head isn't in it right now". I guess we know why or at least vaguely why.
thomas wants to control where he goes. how does he do that to the bruins? he threatens to sit thus reducing the number of teams wanting to make a trade for him.this is an unwanted consequence to trying to use any leverage possible to control not getting traded to teams he would not want to be. so on one hand hand he tries to control his fate and on the other he screws himself at the same time.
how does that not make sense?
You have to dig a little deeper.
Fact: Bruins signed Kudobin to a 1 way deal for this year.
Fact: They cant have Rask on the bench forever
Fact: TT is 39 with a big cap #.
This all leads to the conclusion that the BRUINS planned to trade him over a year ago. He knows as of July 1 he has no options if they deal him to a team like Edmonton of Columbus. I am also quite certain that he will want some extension if he is traded.
This message was facilitated by his agent...make no mistake about it. It limits the Bruins trade market, but if you look at it from TT's point of view he knew he was gone regardless....he is just looking out for himself. Cant blame him.
At the end of the day, I respect Thomas's decision if he takes the year off, family comes before employer.
My friend (A Ranger fan) started emailing me shortly after the White House incident saying stuff was going on with Thomas in his personal life that was affecting his play, and he heard this from someone he knows with Boston connections. I pretty much brushed it off as "what are you talking about, just baseless rumours", looks like he may of been right all along.
From a Bruin fan perspective, it sucks that even if he takes a vacation that the number still counts against the cap. Using Savard's LTIR means nothing as this option was always there regardless of what Thomas does.
Yup. And the more I think about it, the less sense it makes that he's angling to control a trade.
so instead of hoping to make a decent value hockey deal on JUly 1, now the organization is completely stuck, and may have to pay (give up a significant asset) to have some low payroll club take him.
This team simply can't have him on the books fo r5 million next year with no games
Originally Posted by cat400
PC said that the B's would "look at" transactions, which could help the team with Thomas' cap hit.^BISH
Was just thinking about this - wondering if the B's can petition the league for cap relief, due to the personal nature of the time off.
Also, if it were truly a year off and TT played in 13-14, how is the final year of his contract handled? How can the league hit the Bruins for his cap hit twice for essentially the same year? How can it be within the CBA to double count the cap hit? I need a capologist here.
I've always said that Thomas seemed like a father first, hockey player second. If this is for family reasons and he really does take the season off, so be it. The Bruins will be just fine with Rask and the Khu at the helm.
I can't see him playing for Boston when he decides to play again though.
Bruins emphatically closed the book on Tim Thomas today...If he doesn't take the year off he will be playing with somebody else.
Lou, I agree, but that doesn't mean that he does not figure into trade plans. Pure speculation, but I would not be surprised if Thomas has a list of teams closer to home that would facilitate spending more time with the family and still playing in the NHL.