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It appears Tim Thomas may already have played his final game for the Bruins.
Despite having one year left on his contract, the Bruins goaltender will likely sit out the 2012-2013 season. When he expressed his feelings to Peter Chiarelli in May, Thomas conveyed that he has fatigue and would like to spend more time with his wife and three children.
“As of right now, I’m operating under the premise that it is a strong possibility of him taking the year off,” Chiarelli said during a conference call Friday. “We’d have to go about our business without Tim Thomas for the year.”
The Bruins will likely suspend Thomas, but regardless, they still have to take his $5 million cap hit.
Also, since he’s likely taking the year off, his trade value is minimal…so in the end, he’s really screwing the Bruins.
Tuukka Rask, a restricted free agent, is the likely starter next year. Assuming the team doesn’t bring back Marty Turco, Providence goalie Anton Khudobin may become the team’s primary backup.