WOW. I take a few days off from this place and this is what I come back to. I remember posts getting hammered because Rask should get more starts next year because posters thought Timmy could walk on water. People should not let their anger get in the way of the fact that Thomas led the team to their first Cup since I was a teenager.
He's basically retiring but leaving the door open for the Olympics and doing the team a favor by making that dead money movable. I don't see why anyone would take such offense to that.
I have my doubts that the league would approve a thomas for future considerations type deal...
Also, when players with bad contracts are talked about, the "he makes less than his cap hit so he'll be traded to a cap floor team" line often comes out, but has it really ever happened?
Anyway... a trade is pessible I suppose so it's better if he doesn't retire, but I think it's highly unlikely.
I don't think opportunities like this come up very often.
Chia should be able to move the contract if only for pucks which is better than keeping him on
A team gets Tim Thomas' rights and if he decides to play for some reason, great, you get a Vezina winning goalie for a season. And if he doesn't, great, You have reached the cap floor without having to pay a single dime.
His facebook post makes it all but official he's not returning this season so Chia can get on with negotiations
If he announced his retirement you'd have a case.
Right now you got squat.
It's not even really the fact that hes "taking a year off" at 38 and screwing over the Bruins' cap management, it's the fact that he won't man up and be straight with the fans, management or his teammates and instead makes the whole situation another "look at me" spectacle via posts on social media sites just as he did with the White House incident.