After a record-breaking 2010-2011 season in which he won the Conn Smythe and Vezina trophies, Tim Thomas was the goalie you wanted to have on your team. It didn’t matter if he faced seven shots or 70 shots; he would bring his A game night in and night out. His consistent play led the Bruins to their first Stanley cup in 39 years.
This season, though, wasn’t so much of a joyride for the 38-year-old. With constant pressure to perform well due to the solid play of Tuukka Rask (who is an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason), Thomas’s stats dropped in every category. At times, Rask started playing in the prime time games, including the day-after-Thanksgiving showdown against the high powered Detroit Red Wings, which ended in a 3-2 shootout loss.
The Bruins also have goaltending talent in the AHL with Anton Khudobin, who started one game in the NHL against Ottawa, stopping 41 of 42 shots in a 3-1 win. The biggest reason Thomas had a down year, though, is not the other talent within the organization. It is the fact that Thomas, at 38, is not getting any younger. Continue reading Will the Bruins Trade Tim Thomas? »