Timothy James Thomas, Jr. renowned American professional ice hockey goaltender with the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL) is under media spotlight for missing the next season. This news was shared by Boston Bruins general managerwho is under the assumption that that goalie Tim Thomas will not play next season so he can spend more time with his family. Peter Chiarelli talked about this with reporters on Friday.
Chiarelli further stated that Thomas has intimated him earlier last month that he will most probably not be playing for the coming season and will eventually return 2013-14. Thomas also told him that he would return to the NHL because he wanted to play in the 2014 Olympics.
According to USA Today, Chiarelli said, "I think with all of the stuff that has gone on … and the fame that goes with it, he is worn down”
Tim Thomas has been a subject of controversy in his current association with the Bruins. He was hesitant to participate in the Bruins' official trip to the White House with the Stanley Cup. Also there are speculations that Bruins might end up in a new deal with Thomas because his backupseems ready to be a No. 1. Quite interestingly Thomas' no-trade clause will be ending on July 1, and this time he would want to have his say in where he is traded to.
Chiarelli confidently said that the team will most likely not be affected by his absence. He added, "We are not seriously disabled by this (in terms of the salary cap)”
While the team manager has so much to say about the matter at hand, the subject of the conversation remains silent on all the proceedings. According to Chiarelli, Thomas has indicated that he wouldn't be speaking on this matter, other than he might post a statement on Facebook. That's what he did after he didn't visit the White House.
The dates haven’t been finalized yet but the team is almost ready that Tim Thomas will not be playing for the next season. Despite all the statements the general manager did speak highly of his player by admitting that he is a world class goalie. Chiarelli said whilst concluding, "But tell you what, he's a world-class goalie and he would help someone in a big way if he decides to play."