In a blog post Friday afternoon and an article scheduled to run in Sunday's Globe, Thomas talks about the lowered market for goaltending this off-season, and makes a prediction about goalie's salaries moving forward. Thomas tells Shinzawa:
"At this particular juncture, especially with the salary cap, it seems like the goalies are next in line for the pay cuts. First it was the fourth-liners. Then it was the third-liners. Now it's the goalies. [Teams] have to. Certain guys are going to get their money, no matter what. Then you've got to try to fit everyone else under the cap. There's really not much leeway."
Thomas had left hip labrum surgery in late May, and mentions to the Globe that his recovery is ahead of schedule.
Not only have trade talks with the San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Philadelphia Flyers gone nowhere fast, now it’s looking like Tim Thomas might now be traded at all, according to his agent:
"I am not proactively looking for places for Timmy to be traded,’’ Zito said yesterday, shortly after tsn.ca reported that Chiarelli had issued the get-out-of-Boston permission slip. "I haven’t talked to anyone to this point, and I don’t anticipate talking to anyone.’’
Zito acknowledged the rumors surrounding Thomas, but suggested that Thomas’ position on any possible trade was more a matter of being open to one than demanding one:
"Here’s what Timmy is saying,’’ said Zito, who also represents Rask. "He’s saying, ‘Look, if you want to move me, sure, I’ll look at it. I’m not going to be a jerk and just say I’m not going anywhere, forget it.’ But that’s all he’s saying.’’
Something could still get done, but it seems much less a priority and certainty than it did a few days ago.
While the Bruins prepare for this weekend's NHL Draft, in which they have the No. 2 overall pick, there is a report that they have already prioritized their offseason plans, and at the top of the list is trading away goalie Tim Thomas, this according to Joe Haggerty at CSNNE.com.
Thomas, who comes with a $5 million salary cap hit, lost his starting job to rookie Tuuka Rask this past season, and is apparently willing to waive his no-trade clause.
Sources also indicated both the San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning are in the mix in discussions with the Bruins for Thomas, and the Philadelphia Flyers are also a potential suitor if they can shed some salary cap baggage leading up to the July 1 free agent deadline.
"They've got to move the salary," one source with knowledge of the situation told CSNNE.com. "They don't have a whole lot of choice. The challenge is finding a place willing to take him and the salary that goes along with him."
Thomas underwent hip surgery recently, but according to "several sources," it was only minor and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said that the goalie would be ready to go for the start of camp this fall.
SB Nation's Bruins blog, Stanley Cup Of Chowder, says it's time to send Thomas elsewhere, and not just because he is set to make $6 million in 2010-11.
Thomas has had to work hard to get to where he is today and I get the feeling that he does not want to be a back-up at this stage in his career. Having a guy like Thomas around that feels as though he should be the starter and is making starter's money can not be good for the room. Giving Tim Thomas the opportunity to start somewhere else is the best move for all parties involved. Now, the Bruins just need to find a sucker trade partner that is willing to take on one of the worst contracts in the league for a overrated, 36-year-old goalie coming off of off-season hip surgery.