from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
• Hottest rumor around the All-Star break had the Ducks dishing Corey Perry to Vancouver for former Boston College goalie Cory Schneider, Mason Raymond, and the vastly overpaid Keith Ballard. Another one had the Bruins dishing Tim Thomas to Chicago. Perhaps that could be the University of Vermont special, with the Bruins sending their ex-Catamount to the Hawks for former Catamount Viktor Stalberg. (Someone tell me why Anaheim would do this deal?)
• Two team executives I spoke with last week said they would have mandated that Thomas appear at the White House with the Bruins, defining it as a team meeting. One said he would not be surprised to see the Bruins cut him free this summer in the two-week buyout period leading to July 1 free agency.